(1090 The Fan) — Craig Ehlo, a former NBA player with strong ties to the Pacific Northwest, was arrested Thursday on a domestic violence charge after firefighters encountered family members holding Ehlo down near a pile of burning clothes.

The Spokesman Review reports police believe a domestic dispute was what caused the unusual situation.

According to the report, after a verbal fight between the 51-year-old and his wife earlier in the evening, family members heard strange noises coming from the Spokane home’s garage. Upon entering, the family members saw Ehlo piling up clothes next to the garage and lighting them on fire.

Ehlo’s family told responding officers they were forced to hold Ehlo down because they thought “he was going to jump in the fire.”

In addition to a domestic charge, Ehlo faces a felony charge of first-degree reckless burning. He is expected to make his first appearance in Spokane Superior Court sometime Friday.

Prior to he stint as an assistant basketball coach at Eastern Washington University, Ehlo worked as a television analyst for the Seattle SuperSonics and Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Ehlo also played at Washington State University from 1981-1983 before he was drafted into the NBA by the Houston Rockets. He played for 14 seasons with the Rockets, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Seattle SuperSonics.

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