A man on probation for menacing his ex-wife was found dead July 7 inside her Whitehall home after police and firefighters responded to a domestic-violence report and then a house fire.

Sgt. John Grebb of the Whitehall Division of Police said the body of Arthur G. McClain III, 50, was found inside the house in the 4100 block of Ural Avenue after Whitehall firefighters extinguished a fire there.

McClain, who was alone, was pronounced dead at the scene. His ex-wife had fled the house with children before the fire, Grebb said.

Police received a report of domestic violence at the house about 2:40 p.m. While police were responding, they received a report that a man had barricaded himself inside and fire and smoke were seen coming from the house, Grebb said.

The police division’s SWAT team went to the house, along with the Whitehall Division of Fire. After firefighters had extinguished the fire, the SWAT team went inside and found McClain’s body, Grebb said.

The Franklin County coroner’s office will determine the cause of death, he said. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the state fire marshal also are helping to investigate.

Grebb said McClain showed up at the house the evening of July 6 and told his ex-wife that he had nowhere to go, so she allowed him to stay.

The 2001 marriage of Arthur and Nancy McClain was dissolved in 2012, according to court records.

McClain was charged with felony aggravated burglary and kidnapping last year, accused of breaking into the house on Ural Avenue and confronting his ex-wife and two children, aged 7 and 5, with knives.

He pleaded guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges of aggravated menacing. He was sentenced in April to 180 days in jail, suspended for 18 months on intensive supervision probation, according to court records. 

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