CLACKAMAS COUNTY-- Amateur video captured the moments a Clackamas home goes up in flames. But deputies said it was no accident and the search for the person behind it touched off an hours-long standoff.
Carolyn Anderson was just driving by Friday afternoon when she spotted smoke pouring from a home on 16205 SE McKinley. Before crews could even get there, Anderson jumped out of her car and ran around the house to see if anyone was trapped.
The next door neighbor told Anderson she thought someone was hiding in her garage. She said a man had run from the fiery home and into the back of the house. A few other neighbors went to check it out.
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"The top of the recycling bin, one like that, the top of it was caved in and we looked up and that’s exactly where the attic hole was, so we ran outside and told the police officers," she said.
Deputies used thermal imaging and found the suspect, Wayne Mroczek, 47, hiding in the attic. They believe he set his mother's home on fire before running away SWAT swarmed the house and eventually arrested Mroczek.
He's charged with first degree arson and burglary.