1 person arrested in connection to fatal Fort Atkinson fire, DOJ says

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FORT ATKINSON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Justice announced one person has been arrested in connection to a deadly fire Friday morning in Fort Atkinson.

According to a news release, Fort Atkinson fire and police responded to a residential fire on Foster Street on late Friday morning.

The release said firefighters were dealing with heavy fire conditions, and inside the house found a woman who had died.

Fort Atkinson authorities requested the State Fire Marshal’s Office at DOJ to investigate the death, which was later found to be suspicious, according to the release.

DOJ did not say who had been arrested in connection to the death, but did say all of the individuals involved knew each other. The release did not clarify who “all individuals involved in the incident” were, however.

The Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation, with assistance from Fort Atkinson police.

The investigation is ongoing, and the name of the woman who died has not been released.

The fire was also connected to statewide AMBER Alert issued late Friday night, which was canceled early Saturday morning after the 2-year-old was found safe.

The DOJ release said an investigative lead resulted in the child’s safe recovery before the alert was sent to wireless phones across the state. The AMBER alert had said the 2-year-old was with Elizabeth M. Durkee, who was seen leaving the fire scene with the 2-year-old.

Again, the release did not mention Durkee or the 2-year-old by name, and did not mention how they may have been connected to the fire.