Police: Ex-fire chief sets house on fire

Mark Hebert charged with arson

Published On: Jul 17 2012 05:06:20 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 17 2012 05:36:33 PM CDT
ANGLETON, Texas -

A former volunteer fire chief has been accused of starting a fire.

Mark Hebert, 52, has been charged with arson.

Angleton police said Hebert set fire to his soon-to-be-ex-wife's home on Swift Street early Sunday.

When firefighters arrived to put out the flames, they found Hebert sitting in his pickup truck in the driveway.

Firefighters told Hebert to get out of the vehicle, but he didn't want to. They were forced to break out a window and pull him out, police said.

Hebert was the fire chief of Angleton Volunteer Fire Department in 2001.

Hebert has been charged in connection with the fire, but that's not the only recent criminal charge he's facing.

Police said the woman Hebert is in the process of divorcing called them on Friday because he allegedly showed up at the home drunk and belligerent. He was arrested on a public intoxication charge.

Hebert is being held in the Brazoria County Jail with bond set at $31,000.

No one was hurt in the fire. The woman who lives there was not home at the time, officials said.