A Bellmead man who was going through a break up with his girlfriend was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly setting his house on fire, Bellmead police Sgt. Kory Martin said.

George Allen Wright, 25, was arrested after fire personnel and police were called to a residential neighborhood in the 1300 block of Old Dallas Highway on reports of a house fire. Martin said. Several agencies, including the Bellmead and Lacy Lakeview fire departments, McLennan County Sheriff's Office and Bellmead police responded to the area and found the house on fire.

Investigators and police began speaking with witnesses who claimed the resident, Wright, appeared to be intoxicated, caused a disturbance and ran from the house.

"(Witnesses said) it was due to a relationship that had just broken up between him and his girlfriend," Martin said. "She had apparently left and was not staying at the residence and he made threats to set the house on fire."

Fire crews reported that property in one room was set on fire and caused minimal damage to the home. The fire was quickly contained as police attempted to locate George.

Waco police later found George early Sunday morning and took him to McLennan County Jail, where he met with Bellmead detectives.

Martin said George told detectives about the disturbance and admitted to setting the house on fire. Evidence from the house fire was collected and corroborated George's statements.

George was arrested on a first-degree felony charge of arson. He remained in McLennan County Jail on Monday afternoon with a bond set at $50,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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