Deputies were assisting assault suspect's wife gather belongings before fiery standoff in Spring

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As we learn more after a fiery standoff that ended in a man's arrest, some neighbors told ABC13 they called 911 on a seperate ocassion and no one arrived.

SPRING, Texas (KTRK) -- After an hourslong standoff, and bizarre turn of events, a man who set fire to the home he was barricaded in was taken into custody.

The events unfolded earlier this week on Tuesday, after 28-year-old Pablo Patino allegedly set fire to the home his estranged wife and his daughter were sleeping in, hit her with his vehicle, and fled the scene.

Thursday's scene started at a Spring home in the 3200 block of Lotus Blossom Street. Deputies with Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office said they were assisting Patino's wife in gathering belongings from her home because she said she knew he would be there.

Before she went into the home, deputies searched around for Patino and found him in a room. They said he told them he had a gun, ensuing the standoff.

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As authorities worked to get him out of the home, smoke began pouring out of the home, and shortly after, flames were shooting out. Despite the large flames, Patino refused to come out. It wasn't until the roof had been completely burned through that our cameras caught the moment Patino emerged.

SkyEye was over the scene when Patino was taken into custody. Officials said Patino was taken to the hospital to check for any injuries.

The house on Lotus Blossom is considered a total loss, but the fire did not impact neighboring homes, according to authorities.

At this time, it's unclear how the fire began.

Fire from earlier this week

Patino is accused of setting off six different fires around a home where his wife and her 11-year-old daughter were sleeping in north Harris County, according to the fire marshal's office. He's charged with arson of habitation, violation of a protection order, and aggravated assault.

The fire started at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 11400 block of Mortimer Drive. At the time, Patino's wife told ABC13 she was able to get out of the house along with her parents and two siblings after her sister's dog started barking and woke them up.

After she escaped, she said she tried to confront Patino, and that is when officials say he hit her with his car and took off. She suffered minor injuries.

Patino's wife said she and her daughter were staying with her parents, which she believed was a safe space because she called the police on her husband on Christmas. Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office confirmed they arrested Patino for assault, and he was scheduled to appear in court the same day of the fire.