When Michael Orchard noticed a raging fire in his neighbour’s home, he knew immediately what needed to be done. There was, after all, a dog in that house, and it didn’t seem right to let it die so horribly. So in an act of selfless sacrifice, he used his BMW to break through a fence, then ran to the house, smashed in the back door and with no regard for his own well being, carried the dog to safety.
There was just one problem. The fire he had heroically ran into didn’t exist.
Troopers say 43-year-old Michael Orchard of Inglewood Drive told them he mixed LSD with cough medicine Thursday afternoon and they found him, standing heroically with a dog in his arms outside of what he thought was a giant inferno.
“He believed that the residence was on fire and he was rescuing the dog,” said Trooper Mark Cepiel, Troop G spokesperson.
Neighbors tell NewsChannel 13 Orchard went around the neighborhood banging on doors yelling about a fire. Since no one would help, because there was no fire. The animal lover took matters into his own hands to save the dog, allegedly driving his black BMW sedan through the fence.
He was charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief and taken to jail until he came home from his trip and could post the $15,000 bail.