Navarro County: Man charged with arson after pasture fire

Chad Lee Payne. (Jail photo)
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BARRY, Texas (KWTX) An area man is accused of intentionally setting a pasture on fire in Navarro County.

Chad Lee Payne, 34, remains in the Navarro County Jail charged with arson.

His bond has been set at $50,000.

According to Sheriff Elmer Tanner, around 1:20 p.m. Monday Navarro County Sheriff's deputies got a call about a possible act of arson in the 8000 block of NW 1300 Rd. in Barry near Cryer Creek.

"The caller believed that the pasture had just been intentionally set and gave a description of the possible suspect vehicle," said Tanner.

Deputies saturated the area to try to find the vehicle, Tanner said, and shortly thereafter a deputy found it parked outside the gate of a residence on NW 1390 in the Cryer Creek community.

After questioning the driver, Tanner said his deputy had probably cause to detain the suspect and obtain a felony arson warrant for his arrest.

"This is a perfect example of citizens being observant and reporting suspicious activity," said Tanner.

The fire burned about a quarter of an acre before being put out by the Emhouse Volunteer Fire Department.

Payne's motive is unclear, however, he's also suspected of setting an abandoned house on fire recently in addition to three hay fires, according to fire officials.