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Fond du Lac Police Investigate Restaurant Fire as Arson

Just one day after offering a reward for information about an arson case in Fond du Lac the Fire Department said they're already exploring new leads.

It's been more than two months and you can still see the charred remains of the wayside bar in Fond du Lac.

With the assistance of the Department of Justice, the Fire Marshall's Office, and the State Crime Lab, they have been able to determine through a scientific method that this was indeed an arson.

Fond du Lac Police Detective Lee Mikulec would not go into detail of how they determined the fire to be arson but says they ran out of leads on the February 24 fire.

That's why Tuesday they put out a plea, and offered up to $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a potential arsonist.

"The fact that this was a well-known restaurant, on a well-traveled street, we're hoping that someone might have had an opportunity to drive by that street right before the fire and may have either seen a person or a vehicle or something suspicious that they didn't think was suspicious at the time. But knowing now that it's an arson this is certainly the time for them to come forward to assist our law-enforcement."

Detective Mikulik says people have come forward with new leads since putting the plea out.

"This was a loss for the city of Fond du Lac this was a well-known restaurant. People would come for Friday night fish all the time there be a huge line for Friday night fish and based upon the fact that this is gone this is part of Fond du Lac that is now void,” said Mikulik.

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