The Hamilton house fire that killed firefighter Patrick Wolterman was ruled an arson, officials announced Monday. Because of that, the firefighter’s death is being investigated as a homicide.
The fire was reported at about 1 a.m. Dec. 28 at the home of Lester and Bertha Parker on Pater Avenue. Police officials said they could not discuss the details that led to the arson classification.
Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information that could lead to a suspect.
Wolterman, 28, fell through the floor of the two-story home and into the basement of the home in the 1300 block of Pater Avenue.
Nearly 20 firefighters from multiple departments had responded to the fire at 1:12 a.m. Officials initially thought Lester and Bertha Parker who own the home were on the second floor.
At 1:20 a.m., firefighters issued the “mayday” alert. They performed life-saving measures on Wolterman while en route to Fort Hamilton Hospital but Wolterman died at the hospital.