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Extension cord may have sparked fire that sent 1 to the hospital in Waukesha

An extension cord may have sparked a fire that sent one person to the hospital in Waukesha Thursday evening, Dec. 12. Firefighters were called out shortly before 7 p.m. for heavy fire on the outside rear of a single-family home on Norwood Court — just off of Summit Avenue and Briar Hill Drive — spreading to the attic.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2019 8:37:59 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

1 worker injured after explosion, fire at Airgas facility in Waukesha

One worker was treated for injuries after the Airgas facility in Waukesha exploded into flames Thursday afternoon. Company officials say the explosion occurred in the plant's hydrogen storage area. All workers have been accounted for, Airgas says. Investigators later found that a number of small cylinders had been leaking, and a small fire was sparked in that area, FOX6 reports.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2019 2:48:16 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Homeowners safely escape fire on Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa

Wauwatosa authorities responded to a fire at a home on Underwood Parkway Wednesday night, Dec. 11. Officials were called to a single family ranch home around 10:24 p.m., where firefighters were met with heavy fire and smoke on the first floor. The Wauwatosa Fire Department, along with Milwaukee and West Allis Fire Departments, placed the fire under control in less than 30 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2019 11:51:18 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Two suffer serious injuries following crash on icy bridge in Madison

Drivers were asked to avoid High Point Road on Madison's west side following a crash Thursday. The crash happened shortly before 1 p.m. on the bridge of High Point Road, between Watts Road and D'onofrio Drive, according to a tweet by the Madison Fire Department. The Madison Fire Department said the crash involved multiple vehicles and that two people were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2019 11:20:21 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Port Washington: Firehouse staffing plan is a sign of the times

Port Washington Fire Chief Mark Mitchell this week proposed a new system for paying part-time paramedics and emergency medical technicians that he hopes will help fill shifts during the daytime hours. It’s yet another example of how the model of a volunteer small-town fire department is evolving. “I’m calling it a nationwide epidemic,” Mitchell said of the lack of volunteers today.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2019 1:43:46 AM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Press

Basement fire in Green Bay blamed on unattended candles

Firefighters are reminding everyone not to leave candles or any other open flame device unattended after they responded to a basement fire Wednesday evening. The candles were left burning on the table and started the fire at a home on South Webster Avenue's 1900-block at about 5:30. Firefighters hit the fire first through the basement windows, knocking down the flames, then they entered the basement to make sure the fire was completely snuffed out.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2019 7:43:33 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Related: Frigid temps make Green Bay firefighters' job a lot harder

Lieutenant Shauna Walesh with Green Bay Metro Fire Department said tackling flames in subzero temperatures isn't easy. Firefighters were up against the weather Wednesday afternoon, when a fire happened in a garage on the 1100 block of South Broadway. "When it gets cold our hand lines tend to freeze up and we kind of have to keep monitoring that too cause if they freeze up that means we can't put water on the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2019 4:36:25 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Green Bay rescuers respond to call of man on fire

Green Bay rescuers responding to a call about a man on fire found the garage of a home engulfed in flames. Firefighters attended to a person right away when they arrived on the 1100-block of S. Broadway at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The victim was put in an ambulance and rushed to a hospital, where they're reported in critical condition.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2019 1:43:15 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Concord board addresses fire EMS matters

Mark Flood, fire chief of the Sullivan Volunteer Fire Department, addressed residents of the Town of Concord at the monthly board meeting this week. He explained the operation of the fire department and EMS, along with a presentation and break down of the dollar amount and call volume. The fire department’s calendar fund raising drive is presently underway.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2019 9:00:12 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Watertown to build clean air room for fire department

Although building in the City of Watertown was low in November, one project during the month stands out. According to the city’s November building permits, the city filed a permit to build a clean room at 106 Jones St., the city’s administrative building. The estimated cost of the project was $8,000, according to the permit.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2019 6:42:15 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Firefighters looked 'like ice statues' while fighting house fire in Chilton

Fire engulfed a home in Chilton Tuesday evening. At about 4:10 p.m., the Chilton Fire Department was called to a house fire on S. Washington Rd. "Unfortunately the home is a total loss," says Fire Chief Ben Schoenborn. "There was a lot of hard work put in to trying to save the home by our Firefighters and neighboring departments that assisted us on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2019 4:40:25 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Six people displaced by fire at Ashwaubenon duplex

Six people have been displaced by a fire at a duplex in Ashwaubenon. At about 12:51 Wednesday morning, Ashwaubenon Public Safety officers were called to a residence at 2240 Early St. The first officers on scene saw heavy smoking coming from the basement area. Firefighters were able to get inside and put out the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2019 4:01:35 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Fire damages apartment building in Milwaukee, cause under investigation

Firefighters responded to the scene of an apartment fire near 29th and Highland late Monday night, Dec. 9 in Milwaukee. The fire broke out shortly before midnight. When crews arrived on the scene they found fire on the third floor of the building. Residents were already starting to evacuate. "We had an apartment fire on the third floor of the apartment behind us.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2019 4:40:38 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Sen. Baldwin introduces bill that would provide housing incentives to volunteer first responders

Chief Dave Bielinski has been a volunteer with the Denmark Fire Department for more than four decades, and now manages a volunteer staff of 49. “We go on car accidents, fires, a lot of assistance calls,” he said of the job. “Basically these days you’re called in for anything.” To be ready for anything, the volunteer firefighters with the department continuously train.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2019 4:38:35 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Could the Racine area's fire departments come together? What would stand in the way?

There’s no room for waiting around on the Caledonia Fire Department, the smallest fire department east of the Interstate in the county. Nine frontline firefighters (along with a handful of the department’s ranking officers) attended a meeting Wednesday at Caledonia Village Hall about the future plans for their department.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2019 5:53:26 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times - Metered Site

5 children, 3 adults displaced by fire in Milwaukee; possibly electrical in nature

Eight people were displaced by a fire that broke out in a home near 31st Street and Rogers Street in Milwaukee Saturday afternoon, Dec. 7. It happened around 1:45 p.m. Responding firefighters found fire on the first and second floor of the two-story home. Five children and three adults were displaced.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2019 4:33:27 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Saratoga family loses house, pet guinea pigs in Friday night fire

A mother and her three daughters lost everything after a fire at their Saratoga home Friday night. The fire was reported at the house on 59th Street South in Saratoga shortly before 11:30 p.m., Grand Rapids Fire Chief Robert Piatt said. When firefighters arrived at the house, "flames were coming out of the windows," Piatt said.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2019 7:46:04 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Duty, community drive Town of Beloit's new deputy fire chief

For Jeramie Mielke, fighting fires is a family duty - and admittedly a good feeling. The new Town of Beloit deputy fire chief said when firefighters respond to emergencies, it might be the worst day of someone's life. But it makes him feel good to know he's saving lives while using skills that he's learned through more than two decades of experience.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2019 8:44:06 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

3-story building near MLK and Clarke in Milwaukee collapses during fire, no injuries

Firefighters on Friday morning, Dec. 6 responded to the scene of a two-alarm fire near MLK Drive and Clarke. The call came in around 4:34 a.m. Clara Mohammed School on Wright Street canceled classes for Friday due to the fire. Upon arrival, fire officials found fire o the first floor, extending vertically to the second floor and eventually the third floor.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2019 3:37:54 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Beloit firefighters track fires using lighted wreath

With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year's right around the corner, the Beloit Fire Department wants residents to have a safe and festive holiday season. The department hung up its annual holiday fire safety wreath with green lights the day after Thanksgiving. Any time a fire is reported in the city, a red light will be added to the wreath, and when a fatal fire occurs, a blue light will be added.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2019 8:41:22 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News