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Cops on alert from $25K Somerset fireworks theft arrest 4 men allegedly packing burglary tools

Officers on alert following a $25,000 fireworks theft in Somerset arrested a group of Twin Cities men in June after they arrived in the middle of the night outside a St. Croix County fireworks store in trucks allegedly packed with tools to commit a burglary. St. Croix County prosecutors charged the men, St.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2018 9:31:27 AM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

‘It is a difficult thing:’ Veteran firefighter killed after natural gas explosion rocks Sun Prairie

VIDEO: A firefighter was killed and at least a dozen others were injured when a natural gas explosion leveled at least two buildings in Sun Prairie (northeast of Madison), authorities said Wednesday, July 11. Friends and loved ones have identified the fallen firefighter on social media and with FOX6 News as Captain Cory Barr.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2018 6:18:27 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Police: Driver, passenger struck by gunfire in Milwaukee, fire station hit by bullets

Milwaukee police are investigation a shooting that happened Monday night, July 9 near 14th and Locust. According to polices, around 9:40 p.m. two shooting victims arrived at a local hospital seeking treatment for non-life threatening gunshot injuries. The investigation revealed that both victims, a 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old man, were traveling together in a vehicle when a suspect in another vehicle fired multiple gunshots at the victims.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2018 4:43:38 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Dog dies in Bellevue trailer home fire

A trailer home and its detached garage are a total loss after a fire late Monday night. The fire happened just after 10 p.m. in the 1300 block of Bellevue Street, according to Bellevue Fire and Rescue. Fire crews arrived at the trailer home to find fire and smoke showing from the outside of the residence.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2018 3:52:11 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Man rescued from Root Rive in Racine

Racine firefighters rescued a man from the Root River Monday evening. At about 7:50 p.m., a call came in for a possible drowning at the north side of the river just south of Green Glass, 1120 N. Main St. Numerous vehicles and personnel from both the Fire and Police Departments responded. Within about five minutes, firefighters had dropped a ladder in the river and the man climbed out without injury or need for medical attention, police said.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2018 7:41:22 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Eau Claire Fire Department set to open new station Thursday

VIDEO: Some Eau Claire firefighters have started the move into a new station. The Eau Claire Fire Department is preparing for the opening of the new Fire Station 10, a new state-of-the-art facility set to open on Thursday. Firefighters began moving equipment to the facility last Monday and are putting the finishing touches on the station Monday night.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2018 3:43:57 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Small fire breaks out at Hsu's Ginseng in the Town of Texas

No one was injured after a fire broke out in a small warehouse at Hsu's Ginseng Monday morning. Hsu's Director of Operations Mike Klemp-North says employees called in the Town of Texas' Fire Department at around 9 AM. "We were able to extinguish the fire prior to their arrival," he adds that all employees followed the company's safety protocols to the letter in the process.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2018 2:43:51 PM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Crews fight back-to-back clothes fires in pedestrian tunnel, Madison officials say

A Madison fire crew responded twice within an hour this weekend to reports of a fire in a pedestrian tunnel on Madison's north side, according to a news release. The Madison Fire Department said firefighters responded to the tunnel near Troy Drive and School Road shortly before and then shortly after midnight, finding a pile of clothes on fire in both instances.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2018 1:15:41 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Boy, 3, drowns in Hager City swimming pool

Life-saving efforts by a Hager City mother and emergency responders were too late to save a boy who drowned last week in a Pierce County swimming pool. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said 3-year-old Ryker B. Tipton died Friday, July 6, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester after he was pulled from a pool the previous night by his mother, Ashlee Peterson.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2018 6:58:50 AM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Ultra high-pressure firefighting returns to Racine County

Two fire departments in western Racine County are the first in the county to embrace a re-emerging firefighting technology — ultra high-pressure — into their operations. On March 12, the Rochester Fire Company took possession of an ultra-high-pressure pump and retrofitted its 2010 grass fire unit to carry it.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2018 4:41:48 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Area fire departments respond to house fire outside of Juneau

No one was injured in a house fire on Highway W near Juneau on Sunday afternoon that was battled by multiple area fire departments. Juneau Fire Chief Curt Ninmann said his department was called at 5 p.m. for a report of a house fire at W6477 Highway W, in the town of Oak Grove. "Reports from Dodge County Dispatch were confirmed that there were flames showing and heavy smoke from the house," Ninmann said.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2018 8:07:55 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

2 killed in motorcycle-car crash in southern Brown County

Two people were killed Sunday afternoon when a motorcycle passed a stop sign and slammed, broadside, into a car in southern Brown County. Brown County sheriff's officials said the westbound motorcycle, operated by a 38-year-old Green Bay-area man, passed a stop sign at Dickinson and Park roads. It struck a southbound car driven by a 60-year-old man from Mount Pleasant, in southeastern Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2018 4:57:47 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Improperly discarded fireworks to blame for downtown Madison fire

The Madison Fire Department said improperly discarded fireworks caused a fire that happened at a residence on the 500 block of West Washington Avenue Saturday morning. Firefighters received a fire call at the residence at 4:06 a.m. The fire started on the first floor of the building. Crews had extinguished the fire by 4:18 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2018 3:16:48 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

New equipment coming to South Shore Fire Department

New life-saving equipment is coming to the South Shore Fire Department. The Fire Department is planning to purchase 10 new defibrillators, including heart monitors and six AutoPulse units, which are automated CPR devices. South Shore Fire Chief Rob Stedman made presentations to the villages of Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant about the need for these devices.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2018 4:39:04 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Firefighter injured responding to Oregon car fire

VIDEO: An Oregon firefighter injured his wrist after responding to calls of a car fire Thursday night. The Oregon Fire Department responded to a call shortly after 9:00 p.m. about a car fire that spread to a residence. Dane County Communications upgraded it to a full structure fire after reports indicated that the garage started to catch fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 9:11:01 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

System change will impact Appleton emergency dispatchers

A change in dispatching systems is forcing Appleton firefighters and Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue to tweak how they’re called to emergencies in each other’s communities. The departments have had an automatic aid deal in place for seven years sending the closest engine to a fire or medical call regardless of city borders.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 5:42:14 PM - SOURCE: WHBY-AM 1150 News Talk

Police, fire crews rescue pet macaw from tree in Green Bay

A Green Bay man is thankful after police and fire crews came to the rescue of his pet. Wednesday afternoon, the man's macaw escaped from his home and flew to the top of a tree. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department brought in their ladder truck and allowed the bird owner to go up with one of the firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 5:32:03 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Officials: 5-year-old girl hurt in Milwaukee house fire may have been playing with lighter

A tragic turn to a family’s Fourth of July celebrations when a north side Milwaukee home catches fire. “I just heard them holler fire and we all came outside,” a neighbor who lives near Sheridan and 41st Street, where the fire started, said. Firefighters were called to the house around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 3:19:56 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Garbage can full of discarded fireworks catches fire, damages fence, Madison officials say

A fence was damaged Wednesday night after a garbage can full of discarded fireworks caught fire on Madison’s south side, officials said. Firefighters were sent just before 11 p.m. to the 400 block of Moorland Road for reports of a fire that damaged a garbage can and a nearby fence, according to a release.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 9:50:24 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Unattended cooking cause of July 4th Fond du Lac house fire

VIDEO: Unattended cooking was determined to be the cause of a house fire Wednesday in Fond du Lac. Just before 6 p.m., Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue responded to the 700 block of Ellis Street for reports of smoke in a house, with no current fire, as well as a kitchen stove left on, according to a press release from Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 7:39:46 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter