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Authorities Hope For Cause Of Mansion Fire


MENOMONEE FALLS (WRN) - Authorities hope to nail down a cause Tuesday for a fire that destroyed a mansion owned by a former Milwaukee child care provider who’s suspected of fraud. State Fire Marshal Tina Virgil said the blaze decimated Latasha Jackson’s home in suburban Menomonee Falls. And therefore, Virgil said more time is needed to determine if it was an accident or arson. Insurance adjusters are doing their own probe into Sunday’s blaze – which leveled the 7,600 square foot home and 2 cars, and did over $1 million in damage. No one was hurt. Authorities said Jackson’s husband owned a second house about 6 miles to the east in Menomonee Falls. Officials could not say if the couple was staying there. The 32-year-old Jackson remains under investigation for allegedly defrauding the Wisconsin Shares program, which provides tax funded child care to poor women so they can work. She reportedly received $3 million in total funding. Officials said Jackson might have hired a number of false care providers who claimed they were caring for children in the program – so Jackson could collect their subsidies from the state. Her child care license was revoked in August, as the allegations were first being made public.