*A man has admitted setting fire to the offices of Philadelphia International Records, though his attorney says he was too drunk to remember doing it.
Christopher Cimini pleaded guilty Tuesday to arson and related charges, reports the Associated Press.
The former label home of Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls and the O’Jays was owned by legendary producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, who created the Sound of Philadelphia and produced classic hits for Patti LaBelle, the O’Jays and Teddy Pendergrass to name a few.
The fire was confined to a 3rd floor area, and luckily, the classic records are kept in a vault off of the premises. But much of the memorabilia from those golden years were lost in the blaze.
Investigators have said Cimini was drunk and likely thought he was somewhere else when he broke into, vandalized and set a fire in the downtown building Feb. 21.
Cimini’s lawyer Gina Capuano said Tuesday that his blood-alcohol content was four times the legal limit for driving. Sentencing is Sept. 10.