27 arson fires under investigation in Kenosha; ATF releases photos of 10 persons of interest
Updated: 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2020
"When something happens on this scale to our city ... we were not equipped to handle something of that immensity," Nosalik told CBS 58.
ATF says 20 buildings and seven vehicles were set on fire, making for a total of 27 arson investigations. That includes fires set to a Kenosha garbage truck, B&L Furniture, H&R Block and several other businesses.
Underwood heads the NRT, which is based in Alabama. It specializes in significant fires and explosions. With several law enforcement agencies working together, investigators collected more than 200 pieces of evidence.
ATF agents said they have not made any federal arrests in the arson investigations. Federal agents and police are asking for the public's help in looking at the pictures released.
"(ATF is) releasing photographs and videos that somebody knows, and these were attacks on the city of Kenosha for people that had nothing to do with any of the civil unrest. These business owners, these homeowners: They deserve to have justice," Nosalik said.
He said many of the businesses involved are family-owned and some have been in the community for more than 100 years.
"They lost everything, so please pay attention to those media releases and call in," Nosalik said.
If you have any information in the arson investigations, you're asked to call Kenosha Police at (262) 605-5203, CrimeStoppers at (262) 656-7333, or 1-888-ATF-FIRE. You can also email information to ATFTips@atf.gov.
Published: 1:19 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2020
KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Authorities are looking to identify and track down at least seven persons of interest in connection to arson investigations of several Kenosha businesses set on fire between Sunday, Aug. 23 and Tuesday, Aug. 25.
The unrest in Kenosha was following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Anyone with information on the identities or whereabouts of the individuals pictured below, or if you have additional pictures or videos, you're asked to contact the Kenosha Police Department at 262-605-5203 or Kenosha Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333, or 1-888-ATF-FIRE.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Milwaukee Field Office, the Kenosha Police Department, the Kenosha Fire Department, the Kenosha Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation in conjunction with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin are handling the investigation.