MOUNT CARMEL — A borough man whose house filled with smoke from a chimney fire Friday afternoon has been charged with preventing police and firefighters from entering the home, where numerous animals — including three 2-foot long alligators — were discovered.

Juan Puesan, 41, of 21 West Avenue, is in Northumberland County Jail, awaiting arraignment on a felony of resisting arrest and misdemeanors of obstructing administration of the law, disorderly conduct and obstructing emergency services.

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