A man was arrested for allegedly setting his northwest Harris County house on fire while his wife and two small children were home.
Investigators with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office say Jimmy Klayton Lauder, 31, intentionally set fire to the house Sunday morning.
"Mr. Lauder intentionally set fire, using an ignitable liquid, to the home he shared with his wife and two small children," said Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. "We are extremely grateful that no one was injured in this fire and that the female victim and her two children are safe."
At 430am, @HCSOTexas responded to an in-Progress call at 12119 Rockharbor Ln. A male, possibly intoxicated, began pouring gasoline & setting home on fire. His wife & 2 small kids were in the home, but exited safely. Deputies arrived & detained male. @hcfmo is at scene #hounews pic.twitter.com/g0MVUdTWRW— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) December 16, 2018
Authorities say a fire alarm alerted the woman to the fire, which enabled her to call 911 and escape with the help of first responders.
Lauder was arrested and booked into the Harris County Jail. He is charged with arson and child endangerment.