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Rustic Mill Fire Determined as Arson; Suspect Arrested


A fire in July of 2011, which destroyed an iconic building in Jackson County, has been ruled an arson and a suspect has been taken into custody.

According to the criminal complaint, 19 year old Kyle Rott is alleged to have started the fire at the Rustic Mill Bar and Restaurant near Black River Falls in exchange for two cartons of cigarettes. The complaint goes on to say Rott and owners of the property had jokingly discussed burning the building down.

Jackson County Firefighters were called to the scene late on the night of July 9, 2011.

Jackson County District Attorney Gerald Fox says authorities realized it was arson immediately.

Rott has been released on bail and cannot the leave the state and is not allowed to use or be near alcohol or any controlled substances unless prescribed by a physician.

Fox says Rott has been a suspect since early in the investigation.

He adds the investigation is continuing. More arrests could be made in the near future.






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