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Man jailed following deadly house fire in Flathead County

Posted at 9:16 AM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 13:04:42-04

One man is dead and another is behind bars following a deadly house fire near Kalispell over the weekend.

Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino says deputies responded to reports of a house fire in the 200 block of Forest Hill Village at approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday.

A man, who has been identified as 63-year-old Daniel Gerald Weldele, was found dead inside the home.

Sheriff Heino says that following an investigation, 42-year-old Jason Weldele of Kalispell was booked into the Flathead County Detention Center on a pending felony charge of arson.

The Flathead County Fire Investigation Team is assisting detectives with the investigation.

Weldele’s body has been taken to the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula so that an autopsy can be performed, according to Sheriff Heino.

The Somers and South Kalispell fire departments, along with Lakeside QRU responded to the scene.

We will update you when we get more details.