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Man charged with murder, aggravated arson in Roselawn apartment fire

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Posted at 6:33 AM, Mar 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-30 18:21:17-04

CINCINNATI — A Roselawn apartment fire that killed one person, injured another and displaced 21 families early Tuesday morning was set intentionally by a resident of the building, according to Hamilton County court documents.

William Koch, 57, stands charged with murder and aggravated arson in connection to the fire, which began at 4 a.m. inside the Sparkle Apartment on Sparkle Drive.

According to a complaint filed with the court, Koch confessed to starting the fire with charcoal lighter fluid, a cigarette and a couch that had been stored in a common hallway. One person, identified in court documents as "E.J.," died as a result; at least one other was badly injured.

Koch was arrested Tuesday afternoon and taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center.