One man is dead and another is in jail after a fire early Sunday morning in Le Center.

At approximately 7:15 a.m. Sunday, the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a structure fire at 37722 Hunting Preserve Lane in Le Center.

Investigators at the scene reportedly found the body of an adult male, believed to be Bruce Alan Traxler, 64, the resident of the address. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Hardy Robert Wills-Traxler, 25, of Le Center.

Multiple sources confirmed to Le Sueur County News that Traxler was the father of Wills-Traxler.

Wills-Traxler was booked into the Le Sueur County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder and arson. Wills-Traxler is expected to appear in Le Sueur County District Court Tuesday. As of Monday, he had not been formally charged (check for updates).

It’s the first murder case in Le Sueur County since January 2014 when Jonas David Nelson, then 18, shot his father in the head as he slept on the floor of their rural Montgomery home. Nelson, convicted in August 2015, is serving a life sentence for first degree murder. He claimed his father was too strict and wanted to get out from under his thumb.

The investigation into Sunday’s fire and Bruce Traxler’s death remains active and ongoing.

Assisting agencies were the Le Center Fire Department, Montgomery Fire Department, Cleveland Fire Department, the Minnesota State Fire Marshal and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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