Fire that resulted in Wayne-Westland firefighter's death ruled arson

By Hank Winchester, Local 4 Reporter, @HankLocal4
Troy A. Blevins, Online Editor, Producer (@troyblevins)
Published On: Nov 26 2013 08:50:32 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 26 2013 11:17:26 PM EST

Michigan State Police are investigating after a fire that resulted in the death of a 29-year-old Wayne-Westland firefighter was determined to be an arson by the Wayne-Westland Fire Department.

WESTLAND, Mich. -

Brian Woehlke and family Michigan State Police are investigating after a fire that resulted in the death of a 29-year-old Wayne-Westland firefighter was determined to be an arson by the Wayne-Westland Fire Department.

MSP's Second District Special Investigations Section is investigating the fire that took place at Marvaso's Restaurant and the Magic Stick Pool Hall on May 8 in Westland.

Westland firefighter Brian Woehlke died this past May when the roof of a burning business collapsed on him.

State police said they are now investigating Woehlke's death as a homicide due to the cause of the fire and his death while fighting it.

Read: Wayne-Westland firefighter dies in fire at strip mall

Woehlke, who was hired in 2012, was the first firefighter to die in the line of duty in the department's 47-year history.

MSP is asking anyone who may have any information about the fire to contact Michigan State Police Special Investigation Section at 877-616-4677.

Police said anyone leaving tips can remain anonymous.

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