Los Osos man critically burns himself, charged with arson
August 7, 2016
A distraught Los Osos man, who started a fire that destroyed his home and caused third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body, was transported from a burn unit in Fresno to the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of arson and evading a peace officer.
On Feb. 6, the family of Mark Hannah, 47, asked the sheriff’s department to check on Hannah because they were concerned about his mental state. Deputies knocked on the door of his home on the 600 block of Woodland Drive, but Hannah did not answer, and the deputies left.
Two days later, Hannah’s family again asked for help. Deputies arrived as Hannah was driving away from his home and followed him onto Los Osos Valley Road, where they attempted to pull him over.
However, Hannah ignored the flashing lights and because Hannah had not committed a crime, deputies terminated their pursuit.
Shortly before 4 p.m. on Feb. 8., the distraught man allegedly lit a room inside his home on fire. By the time deputies arrived, Hannah was standing in his back yard with burns to his torso, face, feet and hands. His home was destroyed.
Emergency personnel then transported Hannah to a burn center in Fresno where he was treated for third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body.
After almost a month in the hospital, deputies arrested Hannah and booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of evading an officer and arson. Hannah remains in custody in lieu of $35,000 bail.
A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 16.