07/20/14 - 2:35pm
Central Emergency Services firefighters found a dead man after putting out a fire in a barn on Olivia Street in Kenai.
Alaska State Troopers identified him as Othaniel Cooper, a 29-year-old man from Kenai. Cooper’s death was unrelated to the fire, however CES spokesperson Brad Nelson said they believe Cooper set the fire.
Cooper is a former Air Force National Guard veteran, according to Department of Defense records. He is listed as the owner of the property, according to Kenai Peninsula Borough assessment records.