Arson suspected in afternoon grass fire

May 6, 2011 5:49:21 PM PDT
Missouri City police and fire investigators are questioning a suspect in connection to several small fires that broke out Friday afternoon.

Witnesses told authorities they saw 53-year-old Joseph Lavegner setting fires about 100 yards apart along the service road of Beltway 8 near US90A, according to a Missouri City Police Department press release. Witnesses immediately contacted police and firefighters extinguished the flames.

At the height of the fire, about a quarter of an acre was burning.

Lavegner has been charged with second-degree arson.