Investigators with the Woodville Police Department, DCI, and ATF continue to investigate the fire as an arson. Submitted photo
Investigators with the Woodville Police Department, DCI, and ATF continue to investigate the fire as an arson. Submitted photo

Submitted by Lori A. Hetfeld, Chief, Woodville Police Department

WOODVILLE, WI – On December 29, 2018, at approximately 2:00 AM, a Woodville Police Department officer discovered smoke coming from a commercial building located at 105 River St. in the Village of Woodville. The commercial building contained a hair salon, a former dance studio, and a former tavern known as The Cubby Hole.  Firefighters from the United Fire & Rescue District responded from the Woodville and Baldwin stations and began efforts to enter the building to extinguish the fire.  The fire was extinguished after significant damage occurred to the interior of the building.

The Woodville Police Department contacted the Wisconsin State Fire Marshal’s Office through the Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and requested assistance with an investigation to determine the origin and cause of the fire.  On December 29, 2018, special agents with DCI and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) responded to the scene and initiated a joint investigation with the Woodville Police Department.  After completing a thorough examination of the scene, investigators with the Woodville Police Department, DCI, and ATF continue to investigate the incident as an arson.

Investigators have spoken with numerous witnesses and continue to collect additional information related to the investigation.  Investigators wish to speak with any persons who may have information concerning the fire incident and encourage citizens to contact the Woodville Police Department at (715) 698-2169.  Anyone with information concerning the fire incident can also contact the Wisconsin Arson Hotline at (800) 362-3005.  Information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible can result in a reward of up to $5,000.00.

As the investigation remains active, no further information will be released at this time.