Authorities in Texas say a man is facing criminal charges after allegedly setting his ex-wife’s house ablaze this week.
As the Houston Chronicle reported, 35-year-old Robert Lee Cummins had been living in a tent in the backyard of the residence on Green Timbers in Atascocita before recently moving into the garage.
He and his ex allegedly engaged in a dispute before he started a fire in the garage area.
From there, the blaze reportedly spread to the rest of the home.
As of the latest reports available, it was unclear how much of the residence was damaged by the flames.
Rachel Moreno, a spokeswoman for the county’s fire marshal, said Cummins subsequently admitted he purposely set the fire.
Harris County emergency personnel responded to the call and were able to extinguish the fire. There were no reports of injuries associated with the incident.
Authorities did not initially report what the former couple had been arguing about to spark the suspect’s alleged destructive act.
In addition to Cummins’ ex, another resident was at the home at the time of the fire and was able to escape to safety.
Police apprehended Cummins Friday morning and arrested him on suspicion of arson.
As court records indicate, this was just his latest brush with the law.
He was arrested last year for making a terroristic threat — a charge for which he was later convicted. Ten years earlier, he was convicted of a felony count of deadly conduct.
[Featured image: Robert Cummins, Harris County Fire Marshal Office]