Tarkington house fire sparks arson charge against Tarkington man

A 39-year-old Tarkington man, Jeremy Ewing, is facing an arson charge after a suspicious fire at his parents’ home in Tarkington and fires at two other houses where he has lived in the last two years.

According to Liberty County Fire Marshal Bill Hergemueller, Friday’s fire on CR 2229 started in a linen closet that “had no electrical source and no spontaneous combustible items.”

“He was the sole person at the home when the fire broke out,” the fire marshal told Bluebonnet News. “The state fire marshal is coming to Liberty County on Monday to help Asst. Fire Marshal Craig Powell and I in the investigation.”

A little more than a month ago, Ewing’s mobile home on CR 2221 caught fire. A day later the fire was inadvertently rekindled when power was turned back on to the home. In the days that followed, firefighters returned to the home three more times when the blaze reignited, Hergemueller said.

“That is very uncommon and suspicious,” the fire marshal said.

In April 2018, Ewing’s home and a neighbor’s home in Kirbywood Subdivision in Cleveland were destroyed by fire.

After Saturday’s fire in Tarkington, Hergemueller sought advice regarding charges against Ewing from the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office and the County Attorney’s Office.

“He was taken into custody by deputies with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office,” he said.

Ewing is being held at the Liberty County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

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