Man charged in fatal fire in Lima


By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com



LIMA —A Lima man is in custody after allegedly setting the fire that killed his mother.

Lima police say Devon Ketzenberger, 24, of Lima, is being held on one count of suspicion of murder and one count of suspicion of aggravated arson in the death of Wendy Ketzenberger, 54, of Lima.

According to the Lima Fire Department, the fire at 113 N. Woodlawn Ave. started around 4 a.m. Saturday. When crews arrived, they found the structure fully engulfed in flames and were not able to enter the residence.

Devon Ketzenberger told police that after the fire he walked from his home to a residence in Auglaize County, a trip that took four hours after the Lima Fire Department got the 911 call.

The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office was contacted, and they contacted the Lima Police Department.

Devon Ketzenberger was transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for a medical evaluation then taken to the Lima Police Department, where he spoke to a detective about the fire.

Authorities spent much of the day Saturday sifting through the burned-out home and eventually found the remains of Wendy Ketzenberger.

Her remains were sent to the Lucas County Coroner’s office for an autopsy.

Detective were also told there were possibly other people visiting the home before the fire. If anyone has information, they’re asked to contact Detective Steve Stechschulte at 419-221-5181.

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By Sam Shriver

sshriver@limanews.com

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