Fire crews outside the Pater Avenue home on Dec. 28. (FOX19 NOW)
Patrick Wolterman, provided by the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19/AP) -
Police were called four times in recent years to the Hamilton home where a firefighter was killed, documents show.
Arson is to blame for the fire that claimed the life of Patrick Wolterman, officials announced Monday. A tripped burglar alarm first led police to the Pater Avenue home around 1 a.m. on Dec. 28. Fire crews were called shortly after for heavy smoke exiting three sides of the home.
The Residents reported in November that some items had been stolen from the home. In July they filed a report saying a suspect had threatened one of them.
In August 2012 they reported a vehicle had been keyed. Their residential alarm went off in February 2011.
No arrests were ever made.
Wolterman died at a hospital soon after entering the smoke-filled home and falling through a floor into a basement. His death is under investigation as a homicide case.
Officials have not said exactly how they determined the fire was caused by arson.
The homeowners were on vacation when the fire broke out.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification and conviction of those responsible for setting the fire.
An entire task force is devoted to finding the suspected arsonist, officials say. The State Fire Marshal's Office, Crime Stoppers and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are part of that task force led by Hamilton Police.
Officials on Monday said they’ve received multiple tips and leads in the case.
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