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Homicide investigation opens in firefighter Woehlke's arson death

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Firefighter Brian Woehlke with his family. The medical examiner said he died from smoke and soot inhalation. Firefighter Brian Woehlke with his family. The medical examiner said he died from smoke and soot inhalation.

WESTLAND, Mich. (AP) - State police have opened a homicide investigation in the death of a suburban Detroit firefighter after investigators determined that arson caused the blaze that killed him.

Lt. Michael Shaw said Tuesday that the Wayne-Westland Fire Department has concluded that someone intentionally started a May 8 fire in a strip mall that burned Marvaso's Restaurant and the Magic Stick Pool Hall in Westland.

Twenty-nine-year-old Brian Woehlke of Dearborn died in the fire. The married father of one had been on the job about 10 months.

His name was added to the Michigan Fallen Heroes memorial wall in Pontiac in September.

Shaw says investigators are seeking the public's help in catching whoever's responsible for the blaze.

Brian Woehlke Charity Fund: http://bit.ly/WoehlkeFund

State police say anyone with information, including those seeking anonymity, can call investigators at 877-616-4677.

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