Firefighters believe a car and garage fire in the 2800 block of Chicago Avenue on Sunday night was arson. Here are updates I got from Acting South Milwaukee Fire Chief Joe Knitter …
At approximately 9:22PM last evening, the fire department responded to a report of a vehicle on fire inside a garage to the rear of 2800 South Chicago Avenue. Upon arrival of FD units, the interior of the garage was fully involved in fire. During the extinguishment of this fire, SMFD was notified of a vehicle located in the alley next to 1208 Manistique Avenue that appeared to have an attempt made to light the glove box on fire. Due to the suspicious circumstances of both fires, the PD called in the State Fire Marshall’s Office to assist in the investigation. … Damage to the garage and vehicle is extensive with little chance of salvage. No injuries were reported.
After a very detailed scene investigation, investigators determined that the fire that destroyed the mini-van and garage late last night and the small fire that damaged the nearby car were intentionally set. It is my understanding that SMPD is continuing the investigation at this time.
I’ll keep you posted.