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State Fire Marshal Teams With ATF & The Milwaukee Fire Department, Pizza Man Fire Ruled Arson


Up To $10,000 Reward Offered For Information


MILWAUKEE - Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, the Milwaukee Fire Department and the Milwaukee Police Department announced today that ATF and the State Fire Marshals Office have ruled the Pizza Man fire as an arson. A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the Jan 19 arson fire that destroyed several North Avenue businesses including Pizza Man, Cush Lounge, Grecian Delight, Black and White Caf and several upstairs apartments.


Investigators are seeking the publics help in solving this crime and are hopeful that the reward will provide additional leads in this investigation.


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.


Todays finding is another successful result of local, federal and state cooperation, said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. Im very proud of the State Fire Marshals role in determining the cause of this fire. I encourage anyone with information regarding the potential perpetrators to come forward.


More than 150 Milwaukee Fire Department firefighters responded to the early morning fire at the intersection of North and Oakland Avenues that resulted in an estimated loss of $3 million dollars.


Anyone having information about the arson should call the Wisconsin Department of Justices Arson Hotline at (800) 362-3005.


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