MFD: $5.8 million worth of damage done to Sherman Park businesses during unrest; “And that’s a rough estimate”

MILWAUKEE -- Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department say $5.8 million worth of damage was done to seven businesses during the unrest in the Sherman Park neighborhood on the heels of the fatal shooting of Sylville Smith by a Milwaukee police officer on August 13th.

"It's 5.8 million -- and that's a rough estimate," MFD Battalion Chief Aaron Lipski said.

Lipski said that dollar amount includes both damage to structures and contents.

O'Reilly Auto Parts

O'Reilly Auto Parts

O'Reilly Auto Parts, which was a total loss, suffered the most damage -- at $1.4 million.

Damage to the BP gas station at Sherman and Burleigh is estimated at $589,000.

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What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Half of the Jet Beauty store was gone in the wake of the unrest. Damage is estimated at $800,000.

Jet Beauty

Damage to the BMO Harris Bank is estimated at more than $1.2 million.

BMO

Other businesses that were damaged include Big Jim's Liquor, PJ Supermarket and MJM Liquor.

Fire at liquor store near Fond du Lac & Meinecke

Fire at liquor store near Fond du Lac & Meinecke

Lipski said his crews responded to 89 reports of fires on August 13th. Some stemmed from the unrest, while others happened in different areas of the city. Lipski said the usual 212 firefighters working that shift were well-equipped to handle the high volume of calls, and he didn't have to call in any extra people.

"We respond to that area with a very specific set of protocols and we keep the rest of the city functioning as normal," Lipski said.

Unrest in Milwaukee

Unrest in Milwaukee

FOX6 News reached out to Milwaukee police to find out how much their response to the Sherman Park unrest cost. A spokesman for MPD said they're still compiling the numbers.

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