Federal agents investigate fires tied to unrest

Federal agents investigate fires tied to unrest

Federal arson and explosives specialists are searching the rubble of the businesses destroyed or damaged by violence in a Milwaukee neighborhood.

Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Response Team are looking for evidence that could lead them to the people that caused the destruction Saturday and Sunday in the Sherman Park neighborhood on Milwaukee’s north side.

Eight businesses were destroyed or damaged by fire, including a BP gas station, an auto parts store and a bank. The agents are working with dogs trained in accelerant detection.

Special agent Joel Lee says investigators need the community’s help in catching those responsible. The agency is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Informants can remain anonymous.