Words cannot describe the aftermath of the January 29th arson fire at 2500 Jacato. Today members of We Are Racine took residents into the building, some of which had not been back in since the fire. The purpose was to see if any items that they cherished could be salvaged. Sadly they couldn’t. You will see the faces affected by the fire along with We Are Racine Volunteers who experienced it with them from the night of the fire on.
It was very eerie in that building, no sounds, cold, the horrible smell of smoke, and the entire 2nd floor encased in inches of ice and an unnerving blue haze from the tarps on the roof. We dug through collapsed ceilings that buried items trying to help find the little things that the people were missing, once we dug through the debris we found items frozen and immovable in inches of ice. These pictures show what happened to people lives that night. A few momentos that we tried to salvage for a woman brought back to many memories and were left behind.
The Wisconsin Insurance Council is offering up to $5,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any suspect responsible for this fire. Crime Stoppers is now offering a $1000 reward. Racine Police investigators are interested in any additional information that you may have about this crime. You are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at 262-635-7756.
You may also contact Crimestoppers at 262-636-9330, or by texting RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with your text message.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office can be contacted with information, at 1-800-362-3005, or on the web at http://wiarsonhotline.org/index.html .
All photos courtesy and property of Jeff BurdickShare on Facebook