A man accused of starting a weekend apartment fire while under the influence of meth making his initial appearance Monday afternoon.
Clifford Brown faces one count of felony arson and is charged with 11 counts of felony criminal endangerment. According to court documents, Brown has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1985 with numerous assault and escape violations.
Judge Julie Macek set brown's bail at $50,000 dollars.
According to court documents, authorities were dispatched Saturday afternoon to assist Great Falls Fire Rescue with a fire at an apartment complex on 2nd Street North.
Fire officials told police the fire look suspicious and someone in apartment #2 had barricaded the door from the inside and started a fire, then exited out the window. The 11 residents from the building had to be evacuated.
Charging documents allege that upon further investigation Brown and a female guest were apprehended, the female allegedly told authorities that Brown began acting paranoid and barricaded the door to keep the people out lighting paper and clothing with a lighter.
Brown allegedly told authorities he was high on methamphetamine and had not slept for a week. Documents claim that Brown says he did not know what happened but remembered that someone was trying to get into his apartment and he admitted to barricading the door. He allegedly claims he does not remember how the fire started.