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Lakeshore Pallet Company Fire Ruled Arson


SHEBOYGAN - On July 28, 2010, a fire occurred at the Lakeshore Pallet Company located at 5504 County Highway V, in the Town of Wilson, Sheboygan County. Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department, and the Sheboygan County Fire Investigation Unit, announced today that the ATF National Response Team has ruled the Lakeshore Pallet Company fire as an arson.


A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered by ATF and the Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the July 28th arson fire that destroyed the Lakeshore Pallet Company.


We are asking for the public's help to apprehend the person or persons who are responsible. Any citizens that may have been traveling on County Highway V between I-43 and County Highway A during the hours of 9 p.m. to 11p.m. on Wednesday, July 28th who may have observed any unusual activity, persons or vehicles, and who feel they may have relevant information are asked to contact the Wisconsin Arson Tip Line at

1-800-362-3005. Information maybe left anonymously. Information can also be e-mailed to We appreciate the assistance of the media in getting this information out to the community.


ATF Special Agent in Charge Bernard J. Zapor stated, “Arson is a crime of violence. This incident has also caused an economic hardship for the community.”


“The diverse resources, skills and expertise that were brought to bear in this investigation cannot be over emphasized in such a situation and criminal act. An arson of this size and magnitude requires this type of cooperation and vast array of investigative skills in order to be successful,” said Captain David L. Adams of the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department.


“We continue to assist the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department through the State Fire Marshall's Office. Our efforts will continue through the course of this investigation,” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.


Due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing, no further investigative details are being released at this time.


Questions concerning this case should be directed to the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office at (920) 459-3112.


This is a joint press release from the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Agency.