Man charged with arson in connection to Walnut Creek Park brush fire

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man has been arrested and accused of setting fire to brush in Walnut Creek Park that consumed less than an acre.

Brett Lee Tabor, 52, faces a second-degree felony arson charge and an attempted arson charge. Firefighters were able to contain the fire at 1199 Walnut Creek Park Road on Sunday around 5:45 p.m. before it spread to a nearby neighborhood. It mainly burned a large section of dry grass, as well as some trees and brush. The estimated damage is $1,000.

Witnesses told police a man started the fire and then walked away. Police later found Tabor on the 12000 block of Willow Wild Drive, according to an affidavit.

“When the officer approached Tabor, he was attempting to ignite a pile of leaves next to a building on fire with a handheld lighter,” the affidavit said. Tabor allegedly told police he set the fires because his father had died, and police said he “appeared to have some mental health issues that made further questioning difficult.”

Tabor is in custody at the Travis County Jail.

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