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Wisconsin Fire News

PHOTOS: Remembering the 1996 fire that destroyed Madison's Hotel Washington

The Hotel Washington, which sat at the intersection of West Washington Avenue and Regent Street, was destroyed by fire on Feb. 18, 1996, taking with it several businesses that were significant gathering spots for Madison's gay and lesbian community. Bars and restaurants housed in the building included Club de Wash, the New Bar, Rod's Club, the Barber's Closet, MicroBar and the Cafe Palms and Espresso Bar.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 3:42:39 PM - SOURCE: Madison.com

Green Bay Metro Fire makes wager with San Francisco Fire ahead of championship game

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department and the San Francisco Fire Department have partnered to remind communities of the importance of practicing fire safety along with some friendly competition. On the Tuesday following Sunday’s game, the fire chief will install a smoke alarm with the winning team’s emblem on it.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 11:40:02 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Crews Investigate Blaze That Displaced Kenosha Family

Kenosha Fire crews are investigating a fire that displaced a Kenosha family this week. The flames broke out around 9 PM Monday at a four unit home on 53rd Street and 25th Avenue. The blaze was contained to a third floor bedroom and began accidentally. Guy Santelli with the Kenosha Fire Prevention and Safety Bureau told WLIP’s Wake Up Kenosha that a possibility frayed extension cord that was left under a mattress may be the culprit.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 5:40:31 AM - SOURCE: WLIP-AM 1050

Fond du Lac emergency crews urge drivers to move over

Crash scenes are becoming more dangerous for emergency responders. Seven of them have been killed in the U.S. in just the first two weeks of the year. Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary says they now send an extra truck to act as a barricade for paramedics and firefighters. He says they used to try to keep as many lanes open as possible, but now they’re more conscious about safety.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 9:41:50 PM - SOURCE: WHBY-AM 1150 News Talk

Local first responders lobby for better mental health treatment

More than 100 firefighters are pushing state legislators to offer them and law enforcement more help when it comes to mental health treatment. A bill in the State Senate would make it easier for firefighters and law enforcement officers to receive workers compensation to treat PTSD. "Here in Wisconsin, just in the last three years, we’ve had 13 actively serving police officers committed suicide.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 8:48:02 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

New Beloit deputy fire chief draws on his life experience

Brian Snyder said he's always been humbled to serve the community, whether it meant fighting fires at home or safeguarding freedoms abroad. "Being able to serve the public in some way, shape or form makes it worth doing," Snyder said. "To me, it's always been the nicest part of this. You're here to help when people really, truly need it.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 6:30:27 PM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News - Metered Site

Fire damages home on Oak Street in Oconomowoc, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Wednesday morning, Jan. 15 were called out to the scene of a house fire near Elizabeth and Oak in Oconomowoc. The call came in around 1:20 a.m. Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke coming from the front and back of the home. The fire was discovered in the basement -- and extended to the first floor.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 4:55:33 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fire causes estimated $250K in damage at Green Bay paper facility

A fire at a Green Bay paper converting facility caused an estimated quarter-of-a-million dollars in damage Tuesday night. At about 10 p.m., Green Bay Metro Firefighters were called to a fire at Sofidel America, 2200 Larsen Road. "Upon arrival crews found a large portion of the approximately 1,000,000 square foot warehouse heavily charged with smoke," reads a statement from Battalion Chief Tony Piontek.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 3:29:12 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

One dead after Neillsville house fire

One person died after a fire broke out at a Neillsville house. Neillsville Fire Department says a neighbor called at 2:59 a.m. and the house was fully engulfed. The fire was put out in 20 minutes and nothing suspicious has been found at this point. A body was located and officials are working to remove it.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 8:47:17 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Oshkosh firefighters getting bulletproof vests

Members of the Oshkosh Fire Department might wear bulletproof vests to their calls. City Manager Mark Rohloff says the unfortunate reality is that firefighters and paramedics are regularly entering dangerous situations. He says around the same time Appleton firefighter Mitch Lundgaard was shot and killed on a medical call, the city was already buying 10 bulletproof vests for their ambulances.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 3:51:54 AM - SOURCE: WHBY-AM 1150 News Talk

Home is total loss after Jackson County fire

PHOTO: Crews were called to a house fire in Jackson County this afternoon. The home is considered a total loss. The fire was called in around 1:30 p.m. Monday near Fairchild about 100 yards south of highway 10. No one was home at the time and no one was injured. No other buildings were damaged.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

One dead, two seriously injured in two-vehicle crash in Adams County

One person died and two people were seriously injured Saturday in a two-vehicle crash on Wisconsin 13, according to a Facebook post from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. Police said they received a report of a two-vehicle crash at 5:36 p.m. The following investigation revealed that a car with two occupants was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed when it hit a truck that was attempting to enter Wisconsin 13 from Cottonville Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 5:37:01 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Lint buildup blamed in Fond du Lac apartment fire

A clothes dryer and a vent pipe were destroyed, but no one in an eight-unit apartment building in Fond du Lac was hurt by a fire Monday afternoon. Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue was called to the dryer fire at 27 Fountain Circle just after 3 o'clock. There was heavy smoke in the building. Firefighters determined an excess buildup of lint in the dryer vent caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 3:50:02 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Sprinkler system stops Appleton apartment fire

The Appleton Fire Department says a kitchen fire in an apartment building was stopped by the apartment's fire sprinkler system. The fire department was alerted to the fire on the 400-block of N. Richmond St. at 6 o'clock Monday morning by a water flow alarm from the sprinkler system. The fire started in a combination vent hood and microwave oven in the kitchen of a vacant apartment.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 9:08:47 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Garage fire displaces Madison family watching the Packers game

The Madison Fire Department is investigating the cause of a garage fire that displaced a family on Sunday night. The residents were at home watching the end of the Packers game when they heard a noise coming from the garage. One of the residents got up to investigate and found a fire in their garage with lots of flames and smoke.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 4:49:46 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Waushara County rescue teams practice response time in simulated snowmobile crash

Snowmobile safety was on the minds of a group of volunteers in Waushara County. The Metz Ridge Runners snowmobile club held a snowmobile crash simulation to help firefighters, the sheriff’s office and EMTs practice on the trails which helps them respond quicker if a real emergency happens. “You never know the situation that you’re going to be put in front of.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2020 1:38:37 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Dryer fire breaks out at Outagamie County Jail

A dryer fire broke out in the basement of the Outagamie County Administration Building on Walnut Street Saturday night. The Appleton Fire Department said it happened around 8 p.m. and when crews arrived to the fire, they found the basement and first floor filled with smoke. Smoke was traveling through the building through the elevator shaft.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2020 12:37:51 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Milwaukee Fire Department: 10 displaced by fire at apartment building

Ten people were displaced by a fire at an apartment building near 79th Street and Hampton Avenue Saturday, Jan. 11. It happened just after 3 p.m. Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department said five adults and five children were displaced. No one was hurt. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire fairly quickly, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2020 3:25:26 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Northeast Wisconsin first responders to be featured for I-41 crash response in Winnebago County

Nearly a year after the more than 130-car pileup on I-41 in Winnebago County, the incident and its response is being featured on a nationally broadcast television show. "Hearts of Heroes," hosted by meteorologist Ginger Zee, airs on WBAY at noon on Sunday. The episode showcases the stories of local first responders braving natural disasters while rescuing victims.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2020 4:35:27 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Adult dies in house fire in Harambee neighborhood of Milwaukee

An adult died in a house fire Thursday afternoon near Richards and Locust streets. The Milwaukee Fire Department said light smoke was showing when firefighters arrived. When they entered the second floor they found a kitchen fire. After searching the building, they found an adult deceased. That person has not been identified.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 2:40:58 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

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