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Police: Man stole parents' TV, smoked meth, caught house on fire

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SILVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

A man is accused of stealing his parents' TV, selling it, smoking meth in their Silverton home and then catching it on fire.

Firefighters were called to the home on Oak Street near Silver Cliff Drive at 11:12 p.m. Sunday.

Crews at the scene said heavy fire and smoke were coming from the windows of the house. After an aggressive attack by firefighters, the blaze was out and the situation was deemed under control after 50 minutes.

More than three dozen firefighters responded to the scene.

Investigators said one man was in the home at the time of the fire, Matthew Petrina, 30, while his parents were away on vacation.

Firefighters said the cause of the fire is considered accidental, but negligent.

When the homeowners returned, they noted that several items were missing. Silverton police said Petrina had stolen their TV and sold it. He then returned to the home, smoked methamphetamine and caught the house on fire, according to officers.

Investigators said Petrina ran away from the scene after starting the fire and did not report it.

Petrina was arrested on charges including reckless burning, criminal mischief, theft and possession of methamphetamine.

The home and its contents are considered a total loss. The damage is estimated at $150,000.

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