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La Crosse capital budget includes $6 million North Side fire station

La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam hopes 2020 will be the year fire station improvements first proposed in 2012 move forward, he said Monday in a meeting to discuss next year’s capital improvement program budget. The La Crosse Plan Commission began the daunting task of winnowing $36 million in funding requests to the city’s self-imposed limit of $7.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 5:23:26 PM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Step by step: Kimberly firefighter conquers ladder exercise that nearly claimed her life

A lot has happened to firefighter Alexis Metko in the 2½ years since she fell headfirst from a ladder during an exercise at Fox Valley Technical College's Public Safety Training Center in Greenville.Metko, 32, has sufficiently recovered from her injuries, which included fractures to her skull, femur and wrist and lacerations to her liver and spleen.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 1:06:13 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Tichigan firefighters help elderly man with fallen tree, downed wires

Members of the Tichigan Fire Department came to the aid of an elderly man who was trying to clean up a fallen tree and downed wires after Saturday's storms. Two firefighters came across the tree in 5800 block of Marsh Road. Upon investigating, the homeowner was found on the other side of the tree with a chainsaw and he was pulling on the wires trying to remove the tree himself.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2019 5:48:22 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Vilas County building a total loss after fire Saturday

The Vilas County Sheriff's Office says a building is a total loss after it caught fire Saturday morning. Firefighters were called to the 4000 block of County Highway G, in the Township of Lincoln, just after 11:30 Saturday morning. A caller said K & M Services was on fire. A press release from the Sheriff's office says the owner was on scene, and told first responders that no one else was inside.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2019 4:04:14 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Wauwatosa house fire causes $50,000 in damages

No one was hurt after a fire broke out at 12:10 p.m. July 19 in a two-story home at 2254 N. 73rd St. in Wauwatosa. Fire crews found light smoke coming from a bedroom on the second floor. The fire was extinguished within minutes of the crew’s arrival, according to a fire department press release. The cause of the fire is undetermined, but the fire appears to have started in the northwest corner of the upstairs bedroom.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 2:59:30 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fire badly damages home on a Boulder Junction area lake

Fire badly damaged a home on a Boulder Junction area lake Thursday afternoon. At 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, the Vilas County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call reporting smoke coming from a home on the south side of Island Lake. Another report came in from the Manitowish Waters boat patrol. When firefighters arrived, the fire had already spread throughout the home at 12578 La Fave Road in Boulder Junction.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 5:10:10 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Two injured in Bristol house fire

A man was pulled from a burning house in Bristol’s Lake George neighborhood Thursday. Bristol Fire Department Chief John Niederer said the department got the call for the house fire at 19206 101st St. at 11:14 a.m. He said both his department and deputies from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department got to the house within about five minutes.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 1:03:51 PM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Lightning strike sparks house fire in Mequon

A lightning strike sparked a house fire Thursday in Mequon. Lightning hit the home on Winding Hollow Road during morning thunderstorms. "It was like a bomb. It was like a bomb went off. And I knew it fell somewhere. But I didn't know it was my home," homeowner Saryu Shaah said. She and her husband said they heard a loud boom about 6 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 11:39:06 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Lightning strike damages apartment building in Stevens Point

A lightning strike is the likely cause of an early morning apartment fire on Thursday in Stevens Point. Assistant Fire Chief JB Moody said the call came in around 6am. He said everyone, including pets, at the Edgewood Apartment complex were evacuated. He told a WAOW-TV reporter on scene no injuries from any of the eight units.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 8:28:15 AM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

No injuries in Appleton house fire

Nobody was injured in a house fire Wednesday night in the City of Appleton. According to the Appleton Fire Department, it started at around 10:19 p.m. at 837 W. Lynch Avenue. Once they arrived, fire crews could see smoke coming from the home. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames and contained it to an appliance in an upstairs room.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 6:50:37 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Fire damages Stevens Point apartment complex

The Stevens Point Fire Marshal is working to determine the cause of a fire at an 8-unit apartment complex. A captain tells NewsChannel 7 the fire was reported around 6:20 a.m. Thursday morning at 2640 Bush Court. The initial call to dispatch stated an air conditioning unit was struck by lightning, however, the cause is still under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 6:41:17 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire at Baldwin Greenhouse results in charges

A Baldwin man is held on $1,500 bond after he started a fire in the Baldwin Greenhouse to keep himself warm after spending the night there, according to court documents filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Kevin James McNamara, 34, was charged with felony arson of a building and felony criminal damage to property over $2,500 following the June 30 incident in which he entered one of the greenhouses overnight when a storm hit and lit the fire only when he got cold, according to a criminal complaint.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 12:46:09 PM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

DeForest Windsor Fire Department looks to buy two more vehicles

The DeForest Windsor Fire Department is getting closer to purchasing two more vehicles. An internal fire department committee approved plans to purchase an ambulance and rescue truck. Those plans were brought before the DeForest Windsor Fire Protection Board during its July 3 meeting. According to LaFeber, the rescue truck would be ready for delivery in approximately nine to 12 months.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 1:01:04 PM - SOURCE: DeForest Times

Man rushes into burning Juneau County home, tries to save brother

One man was found dead following a house fire in the Village of Lyndon Station early Monday morning. The Juneau County Medical Examiner's office confirmed one person was killed on Monday. Family members tell NBC15 25-year-old Cody Madden was found dead after a fire started just after midnight in a home on the corner of W.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 10:03:10 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Firefighters sound alarm over equipment, staffing shortage in Menomonee Falls

Menononee Falls community members and firefighters themselves showed up at a public hearing Monday night to express their concern over the staffing shortage in the village's fire department. "We're gambling and hoping that nothing happens," Menomonee Falls firefighter Kevin Myers said. Myers is also president of the local union.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 9:54:56 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Farm machinery ignites hay, starts barn fire in Manitowoc County

Howard's Grove Fire Department responded to a large barn fire in Manitowoc County Monday. It happened at a privately-owned farm in the town of Meeme. Officials say no animals were injured in the fire. Investigators believe the fire started when some farm machinery ignited hay.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 7:43:10 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

'I rescued him, he rescued me': Dog saves family from fire in Belleville

With the exception of some clothes and a few family photos, the Popenfus family lost everything in a fire at their Belleville, Dane Co. home this weekend. What they do have: their lives and their dog. “I rescued him, he rescued me,” says Amanda Popenfus, of her 3-year-old Lab, Mastiff and Cane Corso mix Waylan.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 6:44:40 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

La Crosse Fire Department begins process to potentially add a new fire station

During last week's Common Council meeting, the La Crosse City Council approved for the La Crosse Fire Department to conduct a feasibility study on adding a new fire station. Currently the department has four stations throughout the city. "They were built to the time when the fire service was just different.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 5:10:57 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

No injuries during fire at Town of Maine Fire Department

A fire has been reported at the Town of Maine's Fire Department building. That building is on County Highway WW, at the intersection of County Highway K. According to a Fire Chief with the Maine Fire Department, no one is injured and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. NewsChannel 7 crews at the scene say smoke can be seen rising from the top of the building.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 4:44:11 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire causes $100,000 in damage to shed in Washington County

Firefighters on Sunday night, July 14 responded to the scene of a shed fire on Kettle View Drive near Badger Road in the Town of Kewaskum. The call came in around 9 p.m. The shed, which had become fully engulfed, was extinguished by fire personnel. The shed, and its contents, were a total loss estimated at over $100,000.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 4:58:52 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee