The State Fire Marshal and the Butler County Arson Task Force are investigating the cause of a fatal fire Sunday night.
Emergency crews were called to the Catalina Trailer Park, 6501 Germantown Road, for a structure fire about 8:06 p.m.
Butler County Sheriff’s deputies arriving on scene found the trailer fully engulfed in flames. Deputies made contact with a man who said he was smoking a cigar and had laid it down on a roll of toilet paper causing a fire, according to the sheriff’s report.
Deputies said that a box of ammunition caught fire sending projectiles off the porch. In addition, welding equipment had caught fire sending the attached gas tank to explode fueling the fire, the report said. Deputies also said after approximately five to seven minutes later, the man said the occupant of the trailer was asleep in the front bedroom.
The report said the two deputies attempted to get to the occupant’s bedroom but due to the intensity of the fire in front of the trailer were unable to make entry.
Madison Twp. firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire. After the fire was out, first responders entered the trailer and found the occupant, Steven C. Strain, 59, on the hallway floor leading from the bedroom to the front door.
Detectives and the State Fire Marshal were contacted and the Coroner’s Office responded to take possession of Strain’s remains.
The suspect was taken to the Middletown Police Department to be interviewed by sheriff’s detectives.