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"It was devastating," Dairyland Greyhound Park fire investigated as arson

Posted at 5:08 PM, Apr 03, 2019

As demolition continues on the former Dairyland Greyhound Park authorities are looking into Tuesday night's fire as an arson case.

According to officials with the Kenosha Fire Department, two fires were started inside the building around 8 p.m. About 100 firefighters responded to the call.

Brianna Brandt witnessed the massive response. She said when she arrived she could see small embers.

"I would say the fire wasn’t blazing but there was a lot of rescue and fire personnel here and a lot of activity and smoke," Brandt said.

The facility closed down in 2009. The Menominee tribe attempted to redevelop the site and turn it into a casino. Their proposal was rejected by former Gov. Scott Walker in 2015. Two years later it was purchased by Majestic Realty Co. for $14.5 million. The plans are to now turn it into an industrial park.

For Brandt, she said the building was a landmark in the City.

"It’s emotional to see it come down in these terms," Brandt said.

Lisa Peters worked at the former race track for years. She was there the day the building closed its doors for good. Wednesday morning, she was left wondering why anyone would want to set fire to the building.

"It was devastating," Peters said.

Lisa said it's not the first time she has heard of vandals on the property.

" I’m sure it’s area kids they come in and hang out," said Peters.

She said she is sad to see the building be demolished. She said it has a special meaning to her because of the memories made and former coworkers that turned into family.

" It’s hard to watch it go," Peters said.

Kenosha police are working with the Kenosha Fire Department in this case.