A house fire led to a SWAT standoff and arson charges in Clackamas Friday.
Kenneth Mroczek, 47, is accused of intentionally setting a house on fire on Southeast McKinley Avenue near Roots Road.
Firefighters were called to the scene at 12:40 p.m. Deputies arrived around 10 minutes later and learned Mroczek ran away from the home and hid in a neighbor's house.
A door to the neighboring home had been kicked in, according to deputies. A Thermal imaging device detected a heat signature that led deputies to search the attic and locate Mroczek.
Deputies said he was uncooperative, leading to a standoff.
Mroczek was eventually taken into custody at 3:30 p.m. and charged with first-degree arson and burglary. Investigators said the home that was destroyed belonged to Mroczek's mother. She was out of town and Mroczek was supposed to feed her cat.
A motive has not been revealed in this case. Nobody was in the home at the time of the fire. There are no reports of any injuries.
Neighbors said they heard explosions and saw flames shooting out of the house.
"Flames were just starting to shoot out and nobody was down there. So we went down to call 911, and when we got there fire was roaring up from the home," said Patsy Lutz, who spotted the fire as she drove by the area.
Mroczek was booked in the Clackamas County Jail with bail set at $300,000.
Investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who had contact with Mroczek in the last 24 hours or with other relevant information about this case. Call the tip line at 503-723-4949.
According to Fox 12 records, Mroczek was arrested in August 2010 when police said he let a 13-year-old boy from his neighborhood drive him around town, while he kept a beer in his lap and a 12-pack on the floorboard.
It was the first time the boy had ever driven a car, police said at the time. Mroczek was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and issued citations for open container and providing a vehicle to an unlicensed driver.
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