KENOSHA (AP) — Demolition crews were back to work on Wednesday following a fire at Kenosha’s Dairyland Greyhound Park, a blaze authorities say is being investigated as arson.
About 100 firefighters responded to reports of the blaze at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park Tuesday night. The track, which was closed in 2009, is being demolished to make way for an industrial park. Authorities say the main building at the track was “fully involved” with flames when firefighters arrived at about 8 p.m.
Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter told the Kenosha News that police have started a criminal investigation into the fire because officials believe it resulted from arson.
Likewise, Lt. James Beller, a spokesman for the Kenosha Police Department, told The Daily Reporter on Wednesday that “multiple fires” were set at the vacant dog track, leading authorities to believe the blaze was intentionally lit. Fire officials are heading up the investigation, and Kenosha police are assisting, Beller said.
Majestic Realty Co. bought the property in 2017 for $14.5 million, and plans to turn the 228-acre site into a business park. The demolition of the structure began last month.
Wenbin Yuang, CEO of the New Berlin-based demolition contractor Dakota Intertek Corp., said the fire was reported at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Dakota’s crews were back to work tearing down the building on Wednesday, he said.
“Based on what we heard, it was a small fire,” Yuang said. “It was put out right away.”
– Nate Beck of The Daily Reporter also contributed to this report.