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Green Bay teen charged with setting fire that killed baby nephew

A 15-year-old Green Bay girl has been charged with homicide for the death of her infant nephew in a house fire last June. On March 4, charges of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and Arson were filed against Marcelia Dolores Flora Fonseca. Fonseca is accused of starting the fire that killed her 11-month-old nephew.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2020 8:39:12 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Hartland's fire chief says he's retiring to pursue state government opportunities

Dave Dean has retired as chief of the Hartland Fire Department. In a resignation later dated Feb. 27, Dean said he had been contemplating retirement for some time. "I have had a fantastic opportunity to switch gears moving forward," Dean wrote. "This has been a difficult decision, however it is time.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2020 6:53:33 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

2 DPW workers injured after being hit by vehicle in Milwaukee

Two Department of Public Works employees were injured Wednesday afternoon after being hit by a vehicle. The collision happened about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday near North 52nd Street and West Hampton Avenue in Milwaukee. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the two were hit while they were picking up trash in the median on Hampton Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2020 1:48:16 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Waupaca Area Fire Department gets pet oxygen mask donation

Pets are family. Now firefighters in Waupaca will be better equipped to help furry friends during a fire. The Waupaca Area Fire District has received new pet oxygen masks. They were donated by Invisible Fence's Project Breathe Program. “Animals tend to hide in a fire and owners can’t always find their pets,” says Waupaca Area Fire District Safety Officer Tim Banaszak.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2020 1:37:25 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

House fire in Green Bay displaces two people

Two people were displaced from their home after a fire Tuesday night in a duplex on the city’s west side. Fire crews responded to the fire around 7 p.m. in the 400 block of Silver Spring Drive, according to the Green Bay Metro Fire Department. The first units on scene saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the living room windows.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2020 3:58:07 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Milwaukee Fire Department forming 'Super Teams' to respond to any Democratic National Convention emergency

As Milwaukee prepares to host the Democratic National Convention some leaders within the city are getting new roles to keep the area safe. Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Hafemann is the person behind the city's fire and EMS response for the DNC. He has been planning for everything from a person suffering from heat exhaustion to a bomb.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2020 8:00:39 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

One person dead in Sheboygan fire

The Sheboygan Fire Department says one person died after a fire on the city's northeast side. The victim's name was not released. At about 9:50 p.m., Sheboygan firefighters were dispatched to a report of a fire in the 400 block of Michigan Ave. Firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy fire coming from the second floor of the building.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2020 4:55:39 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Fire at Oshkosh senior living facility injures resident

A resident of a senior living facility in Oshkosh was taken to the hospital after a small fire. Firefighters were called to Marian Manor on Merritt Ave. just before 3 p.m. Monday. The first crew on scene reported smoke on the second floor. A small fire was confined in one of the units and it was quickly extinguished.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLUK-TV FOX 11 Green Bay

Fire chief says 30-foot flames engulfed De Pere garage

Towering flames engulfed a garage in De Pere early Monday morning. The garage is considered a loss, according to the De Pere Fire Department. At about 2:46 a.m., De Pere firefighters responded to an address on N. Adams Street off Ridgeway Boulevard and Webster Avenue. Crews arrived to find a two-stall detached garage in flames.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2020 3:43:15 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Kenosha firefighters put out fire in wall at downtown apartment

Kenosha firefighters responded to a report of a fire in a wall at a downtown apartment building Sunday morning. The fire was reported shortly before 10 a.m. at 609 58th St. by the woman who was inside the room, according to Battalion Chief Ken Schroeder of the Kenosha Fire Department. According to Schroeder, the person had been burning incense in the room and apparently fell asleep when she awoke to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2020 1:45:38 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Airboats used to rescue 2 men from ice slab on Geneva Lake

Two men were rescued from the middle of Geneva Lake on Sunday, March 1 after an ice slab broke off from the main ice. Fontana Fire & Rescue officials responded around 11:30 a.m. for a report of two people stuck on the ice. An assistant fire chief was on scene immediately after dispatch and gathered information from witnesses onshore and dispatchers as to the location of the men needing rescue.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2020 1:37:57 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Jen's Sweet Treats hosts fundraiser for fallen Milwaukee Firefighter Darrin 'Superman' Jones

A fundraiser was held Saturday, Feb. 29 at Jen’s Sweet Treats in Cudahy in honor of Darrin “Superman” Jones, the Milwaukee firefighter who passed away in his sleep on Feb. 1, just three months before he planned to retire. Jones’ passing was considered a line of duty death. “They put their lives on the line every time they, you know, come to work, and Superman was no different,” said Jennifer Clark, owner of Jen’s Sweet Treats.
- PUB DATE: 2/29/2020 5:40:37 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Community bands together to help retired Bloomer fire chief

Brian Bleskacek was diagnosed with stage four inoperable urothelial cancer in November. On Saturday members of Bloomer came to the Pines Ballroom to honor Brian and all he has done for the community, as well as raise money for medical expenses. "It's pretty amazing to see all the community outpouring involvement whether it's donations or the people here who are spending money and having a good time,” says Brady Bleskacek.
- PUB DATE: 2/29/2020 4:31:14 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Man dead following Town of Franklin house fire

The Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that a 71-year-old man is dead following a early morning house fire on Friday. Crews from multiple departments responded to the fire in the 1900 block of Wochos Road in Franklin shortly after 1 a.m. Chief Jeff Chalupny of the Tisch Mills Fire Department says upon arrival at the scene, firefighters encountered heavy smoke and flames, putting crews on a defensive approach immediately.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2020 5:43:30 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Fire damages boiler building at SV Pallet in Wood County

Firefighters battled a fire Thursday afternoon that severely damaged a boiler building at SV Pallet facilities in Wood County. Fire crews responded to the blaze around 2:20 p.m. at SV Pallet on State 80 in the town of Richfield, according to Richfield Rural Fire Department. Crews arrived to find a wood-framed structure with metal siding that had flames and smoke coming from the roof.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2020 4:48:36 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Milwaukee Fire Department responds to residential fire near 83rd and Villard

The Milwaukee Fire Department is at the scene of a residential fire near 83rd and Villard on the city’s west side. FOX6 News crews captured a heavy fire department presence at that location just before 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. There is visible damage to what appears to be a multi-home building. The Milwaukee Police Department confirmed that the two-alarm residential fire spread to two nearby buildings.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2020 7:42:28 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fire damages mechanic shop in Milwaukee, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Wednesday night, Feb. 26 responded to the scene of a fire Romy Battery near 43rd and Lincoln in Milwaukee. The call came in shortly after 10 p.m. Upon arrival, the building was fully engulfed and additional fire units were summoned. The cause of the fire is not believed to be suspicious — but is still under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2020 4:51:52 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV Fox Channel 6

Firefighters battle fire in riding stable in Town of Neenah

Crews battled a fire at an indoor riding stable in the Town of Neenah. It happened around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday on the 2900 block of Woodenshoe Road. Firefighters found smoke coming from the stable and found a tractor on fire. The owner of the building was using a fire extinguisher to attempt to control the fire before crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2020 2:45:39 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Brewery employee at Molson Coors fatally shoots 5 in Milwaukee rampage, then kills self

In one of the worst shootings in Wisconsin history, five people were killed Wednesday by a gunman during a rampage on the Milwaukee campus of Molson Coors. The gunman died by suicide, bringing the total of known dead so far to six. Initial accounts from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel indicated at least seven had died, but that number has since been clarified.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2020 2:58:39 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Dad, 2 kids escape large Portage house fire

VIDEO: A father and two young children managed to escape a large fire that consumed their Portage home Wednesday morning. Heavy smoke and flames could still be seen more than a half-hour after firefighters were first called to this house, in the 900 block of W. Wisconsin Steet, shortly after 9 a.m.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2020 7:40:41 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison