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Wisconsin Fire News

Heavy smoke: Early morning fire damages Kenosha home, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Wednesday morning, April 18 responded to the scene of a house fire near 63rd Street and 60th Avenue in Kensoha. The call in around 4:15 a.m. When crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy smoke coming from a two-story structure. The fire was brought under control and eventually extinguished by multiple departments.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 5:47:19 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Follow Up: Onalaska firefighters arrive just in time to deliver baby boy

When Jessica Mootz started having contractions last Tuesday, she quickly realized she didn't have time to wait for her partner Andy Campbell to get home so she called 911. Onalaska firefighter/emts Tony Hilton and Scott weeks rushed to the scene. Mootz was in the bathroom at her home in Onalaska trying to reassure her eight-year-old daughter Adelaide that everything was OK.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 1:44:26 AM - SOURCE: Coulee News

Sauk Prairie Police, Sauk City Fire discover fire scare turns out to be roasting beans

The morning of April 12 went pretty much according to plan for John Brennan, owner of John Joseph Coffee in Sauk City. That is until two members of the Sauk City Fire Department came into the coffee roaster’s door at 112 Van Buren St., in full protective gear with axes in hand. Rewind to 45 minutes earlier: Brennan and a friend were in Brennan’s back room roasting a week’s supply of product.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 3:37:29 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Chunk of ice sliced through Nekoosa man's windshield, he feels lucky to be alive

A 24-year-old Nekoosa man considers himself lucky to be alive after a chunk of ice went through the windshield of his car Monday and hit him in the face. Derek C. Baker said he was driving home to Nekoosa Monday after the worst of the snowstorm had passed from La Crosse, where he had been visiting his girlfriend.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 1:04:54 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Onalaska, La Crosse Fire Department continue negotiating terms of Medary fire coverage

VIDEO: It has been two weeks since the La Crosse Fire Department assumed fire and first responder coverage of the Town of Medary. The Onalaska Fire Department previously provided the coverage for the Town of Medary for more than two decades. "Geographically, it poses problems for either department," said Chief Ken Gilliam with the La Crosse Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 6:42:04 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Oconto Police and Fire Help Elderly Woman with Snow

VIDEO: Oconto police and firefighters helped an elderly woman who was trapped in her home due to heavy snow. The woman had reportedly been stuck inside her home since Saturday and didn't have any friends or family in the area to help her. On Sunday afternoon, Oconto PD and Fire responded by shoveling her front porch and steps, creating a walking path to the road.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 5:54:23 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Pulaski man gets 9-month jail term levied for 2014 arson

A Pulaski man was sentenced to nine months in jail for starting a fire four years ago that destroyed a shed and ATV at his former girlfriend’s residence in the town of Stiles. Casey Messenger, 29, is serving the time as a condition of four years probation granted by Judge Michael T. Judge. ‘It’s time for (the victim) to get some relief from what she has lost,” Judge said, referring to the long delay between the incident and the filing of charges.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 5:04:53 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Meet-and-greet for Oshkosh fire chief candidates

The Oshkosh Police and Fire Commission is holding a meet and greet tomorrow so the community can learn about the candidates for Fire Chief. There are four finalists being considered for the position. Michael Callahan, John Christian, and Dan Zaccard are all from Illinois. Michael Stanley is from Colorado.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 2:35:03 AM - SOURCE: WHBY-AM 1150 News Talk

Kronenwetter neighborhood helps EMS get to snowed-in neighbor

VIDEO: Neighbors in Kronenwetter are being credited with possibly saving a life after they helped shovel out a person having a medical emergency Sunday afternoon. First responders arrived and found the home was snowed-in. Neighbors grabbed their shovels to help out. Wimmer was one of the neighbors that helped clear a path.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 3:03:23 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Marathon County house fire under investigation

VIDEO: A fire that broke out inside a Marathon County home Monday is under investigation. Crews were called to the home on N. 25 Street around 1 p.m. The Town of Wausau Fire Chief Kevin Yolitz said the fire was contained to a bedroom. According to Yolitz, two people were inside the home when the fire sparked and were able to get out safely.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 2:17:43 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Retiring firefighters honored by Oakdale Fire Department

Richard Linenberg and Kurt Prise know all about adrenaline rush. It’s what sustained them when they suddenly got out of bed in the middle of the night to fight fires. The two long-time Oakdale Area Fire Department firefighters are ready to leave the adrenaline rush to the next generation. After a combined 64 years of service, they officially retired Tuesday and were honored by their fellow firefighters with a plaque and pizza party.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 7:46:45 AM - SOURCE: Tomah Journal

Rochester Fire Company improves insurance rating by two points

Property owners in the village could see a reduction in their property insurance premiums thanks to the efforts of the local fire company. Rochester Fire Company officials received word at the beginning of the year that the company’s Insurance Services Office rating had improved by two points. ISO was formed in 1971 as an advisory and rating organization for the property/casualty insurance industry to provide statistical services to develop programs and to assist insurance companies in meeting state regulatory requirements.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 4:46:02 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Denmark Barn Collapses from Snow Trapping Hundreds of Cows

VIDEO: Four people were working inside a Denmark barn when the building partially collapsed Sunday evening. "We were in the barn working, trying to get done with our barn chores, and we could hear loud cracks, and within minutes of the cracks the roof was coming down," said Keith Brunner, owner of Cedar Red Dairy.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2018 8:30:41 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

2 injured, 5 displaced after fire on Schroeder Road in Madison

Two people were injured and five were displaced after a fire on the southwest side of Madison early Saturday morning. Firefighters responded to the Waterleaf Apartments on 6739 Schroeder Road following reports of a possible fire in one of the units, according to a release by the Madison Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2018 11:52:30 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Verona fire shows off new facility at open house

VIDEO: Verona firefighters got a chance to show off their new facility Saturday. The fire department gave guided tours of the new, 42-thousand square foot, $10.7 million building. It's a big upgrade from the old building which was built for a volunteer department. It's now a combination department for Verona fire and Fitchburg EMS.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2018 10:20:59 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Seven injured in south side Milwaukee apartment fire

Seven people were taken to the hospital today following a fire in a south side apartment building. According to the Milwaukee Fire Department, the seven are being treated for minor smoke inhalation. The fire was reported around 11:45 AM in an apartment building at S 43rd Street and W Arthur Court. According to the MFD, the fire was confined to one apartment.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2018 7:10:54 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Appleton kitchen fire damages home, displaces residents

Appleton firefighters responded to a report of kitchen fire in a residential home on the 1500 block of N. Outagamie Street in Appleton at approximately 4:38 p.m. on Thursday. Officers from the Appleton Police Department were the first to arrive on scene, and they were able to remove one person from the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2018 2:01:36 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Fire damages mobile home in West Allis, no one injured

VIDEO: Firefighters on Thursday morning, April 12 responded to the scene of a mobile home fire near 103rd and Greenfield Avenue in West Allis. The fire broke out just after 7:00 a.m. When firefighters arrived on scene the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. No one was injured. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2018 9:24:32 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Chippewa Falls emergency responders update decade-old monitors

The Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency Services Department has plans to upgrade equipment that Fire Chief Mike Hepfler said paramedics use on 90 percent of their medical calls. With a vote Tuesday, April 3, the Chippewa Falls City Council has approved paying for the remaining $7,000 to $9,000 costs for two new cardiac monitoring machines.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2018 7:37:34 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Sun Prairies police, fire, EMS conduct joint active shooter training

Those who heard gunshots coming from St. Albert the Great Church on Thursday, April 5 can rest assured they were not live rounds. But the active shooter scenarios being practiced by Sun Prairie police, fire and emergency medical service departments are, unfortunately, all too real. Using a training radio channel, police were notified of shots fired inside the church.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2018 7:12:44 PM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star