Hamilton house fire death is suicide, police chief says

Hamilton house fire death is suicide, police chief says
Authorities say man dies in fire at Ohio apartment building
Fire Chief Mark Mercer said the fire broke shortly after 7 a.m. in a residence that houses two units in the 200 block of Second Street across from Marcum Park, The Journal-News reported.

Investigators found the man in the basement of the building, Mercer said. There has been no identification released.

The deceased man was found in the basement of the building, Fire Chief Mark Mercer said. There has been no identification released and the Butler County Coroner’s van is at the scene.

Bill West, owner of the apartment complex, said there are two apartments and three people lived downstairs and one woman lived upstairs. He said no one else was injured, and American Red Cross is providing shelter for the displaced residents.

The City of Hamilton Fire Department reported that one man was found dead in the basement of the home.

The fire broke shortly after 7 a.m. in a residence that houses two units in the 200 block of Second Street across from Marcum Park.

Chief of Police Craig R. Bucheit said that the 33-year-old victim intentionally set the fire to take his own life.