Federal authorities involved in fire investigation at Mt. Olympus

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Courtesy: Delton Fire Department

UPDATE (WKOW) -- Authorities are investigating a fire at another resort in the Wisconsin Dells area.

It happened early Wednesday in a building at Mt. Olympus. It comes just three weeks after a fire broke out at the Wilderness Resort. Since the two fires happened at big resorts in a travel destination in just a few weeks of each other, federal investigators are back in Lake Delton looking into the fire at Mt. Olympus.

The fire broke out just before 4 a.m., destroying a maintenance building. Officials say the fire didn't spread and no one was hurt, but it caused $1.2 million in damage. 

Nearly three weeks ago, a massive fire broke out at Wilderness Resort just down the road, destroying a building still under construction. Federal investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that fire was arson.Officials say it's far too early to say whether there is any possible connection between the two incidents. 

"There's nothing indicating that they are related at this time, however, it's definitely something we want to look into," ATF Public Information Officer Ashlee Sherrill told 27 News. "There‚Äôs just a lot of similarities when you're looking at both of these are resorts, they're large structure fires, so there could be some overlap."

Delton Fire Chief Darren Jorgenson says it's been a busy few weeks for the department. He's thankful no one was hurt in either incident and the fires didn't spread to other parts of the resorts. His team will continue trying to figure out what happened in both cases.  "We look at every incident as if it's a possible crime, so we go through all of the evidence very methodically, carefully and do the best that we can to come up with an answer to what caused the fire," Jorgenson told 27 News.

Authorities are still asking anyone with information on these incidents to contact investigators at ATF. You can call 1-888-ATF-FIRE or email atftips@atf.org.

For more on this story: http://www.wkow.com/story/37502589/2018/02/14/breaking-fire-demolishes-building-at-mt-olympus-theme-park

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