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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Contact: PIO Ashlee J. L. Sherrill

Reward Increased to $20,000 for Lake Delton Employee Dormitory Arson

VILLAGE OF LAKE DELTON, Wis. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and its partners are now offering up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the Jan. 25 fire at the Wilderness Resort employee dormitory in Lake Dells, Wisconsin.

ATF’s National Response Team, which specializes in fire investigations, determined the incident to be arson. Investigators have pursued numerous leads, and in an effort to gain more evidence and information, the reward was increased.

Investigators are looking for help identifying a person of interest (photo attached) or any additional details that could aid in the investigation.Image of suspect in the Wilderness Resort employee dormitory arson.

Those with information can dial 1-888-ATF-FIRE (283-3473), email or submit an anonymous tip through the ReportIt app. When reporting, be sure to include as many details as possible and contact information for potential follow up if a reward is sought.

The fire occurred early morning Jan. 25 at the construction site of an employee dormitory across the road from the Wilderness Resort located at 511 East Adams Street, Wisconsin Dells. The damage from the arson is estimated at approximately $5 million. No one was injured in the fire and the resort continues to operate as usual.

ATF joined the investigation Jan. 26 alongside the Delton Fire Department, Lake Delton Police Department and Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation/State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The reward of up to $20,000 includes $7,500 from ATF, $5,000 from Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council, $5,000 from Wilderness Resort, $1,000 from Sauk County Crime Stoppers and $1,500 from Lake Delton Police Department. The rewards are based on whether the information provided leads to the identification and conviction of those responsible for the fire.

ATF is the federal agency with federal jurisdiction for investigating fires and crimes of arson. For more information about ATF, go to and follow @ATFHQ on Twitter.


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