Property owner arrested in Hamilton, Ohio firefighter’s 2015 death

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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) – Ohio authorities say they’ve arrested a man on charges of murder and aggravated arson in the house blaze that led to a firefighter’s death nearly one year ago.

Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit identified the man arrested as the property’s owner, 66-year-old Lester Parker. He was in custody Monday afternoon, and no attorney information was available immediately.

Bucheit says the investigation continues and he expects more arrests.

Twenty-eight-year-old Patrick Wolterman died Dec. 28 after crashing through a floor after responding to the house fire. Authorities announced Jan. 4 that the house fire had been ruled as arson and that Wolterman’s death was being investigated as a homicide.

Bucheit declined Monday to discuss a possible motive.

The city’s police and fire departments were joined by state and federal investigators. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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