- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in the southwest Ohio city where a firefighter died last month say the reward has been raised to $25,000 for information that helps solve the case.

Investigators concluded that the Dec. 28 fire was arson, and are probing the death of 28-year-old Patrick Wolterman as a homicide.

Wolterman suffered fatal injuries falling through a floor into the basement soon after entering the smoke-filled home. Firefighters learned later that the couple who lived there was away on vacation.

It was the first death in the line of duty since 1971 for Hamilton’s fire department.

Police Chief Craig Bucheit (BOO’-keyet) says the reward has risen from the initial $10,000 thanks to donations from organizations and private individuals. He says there are “a significant number of leads” being pursued.



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