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Property owner arrested in Ohio firefighter's 2015 death

This undated image provided by the Hamilton Police Department shows Lester Parker. Hamilton Ohio authorities on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, said they've arrested Parker on charges of murder and aggravated arson in the house blaze that led to a firefighter's death nearly one year ago. (Hamilton Police Department via AP)

This undated image provided by the Hamilton Police Department shows Lester Parker. Hamilton Ohio authorities on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, said they've arrested Parker on charges of murder and aggravated arson in the house blaze that led to a firefighter's death nearly one year ago. (Hamilton Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

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 (BOO'-keyet) 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 (WOHL'-tur-man) 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.