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Sielehr Recognized for Work on Prairie du Chien Fire


PRAIRIE DU CHIEN - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Deputy State Fire Marshal Jim Sielehr was recently recognized for his work on the Cabela's Warehouse fire in Prairie du Chien.


A plaque received by Sielehr reads: "For your dedication in helping bring resolution to the Cabela's Prairie du Chien Distribution Center arson case that occurred in August of 2008. We appreciate your dedication and commitment to serving our community."


On Thursday, August 28, 2008 a commercial warehouse fire was reported at the Cabela's Warehouse located at 501 Cliffhaven Road in Prairie du Chien. Law enforcement preliminary reports estimated the dollar value of the loss associated with the fire could be into the $20 million range. Yancy Caldwell was charged with intentionally setting the fire and on June 25, 2009 entered a plea of Guilty/No Contest. On July 16, 2009 Crawford County Circuit Court Judge George S. Curry sentenced Yancy Caldwell to seven years in state prison with an additional eight years of extended supervision.


"This case exemplifies cooperation between law enforcement agencies," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "It is our mission to assist law enforcement, and to do so with the highest level of professionalism and competence. I want to congratulate Jim on an outstanding job."


A photo of Deputy Fire Marshal Sielehr, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and State Fire Marshal Tina Virgil is available at

Participating agencies in the investigation included the City of Prairie du Chien Police Department, the City of Prairie du Chien Fire Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).