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Altoona Police & Fire Commission decides to extend fire chief offer to third candidate

VIDEO: After two people have turned down the job to become Altoona's first, full-time fire chief, a decision is made to extend the offer to a third candidate. In February, the job was offered to Chad Peterson. He turned it down citing family obligations. On April 5th, the commission decided to offer the job to James Cleveland.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2017 7:19:44 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

State patrolman dies in single-vehicle crash near Dells

A Wisconsin State Patrol officer was killed early Tuesday near Wisconsin Dells when his patrol car crashed on Interstate 90/94 near mile marker 89. The trooper was identified late Tuesday morning as Anthony J. Borostowski of Tomah. Borostowski reportedly lost control of his patrol car and it veered off the highway into a ditch, hitting a nearby tree.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2017 2:12:11 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Dells-Events

Design team recommends rebuilding La Crosse fire stations, adding a fifth

The La Crosse Common Council heard recommendations on improvements to and rebuilding of the four existing fire stations and a possible new fifth station Tuesday night from the design team Five Bugles during the council’s planning meeting. Owner and principal Steve Gausman and senior emergency services specialist Ed Mishefske with Five Bugles, a design company with Architectural Design Group in Eau Claire, Wis.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2017 1:42:51 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

La Crosse Police and Fire Commission interviews fire chief finalists

VIDEO: The La Crosse Fire Department is entering the final stages in its search for a new fire chief. Current Chief Gregg Cleveland announced his retirement earlier this year after nearly 11 years on the job. Tuesday morning, The La Crosse Police and Fire Commission, along with Mayor Tim Kabat and the city's human resources department, sat in on the interviews of the two finalists.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2017 4:03:01 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Amherst: 4 significant fires reported in 25 year span at homes occupied by arson suspect

Nearly six years after an Amherst garage was damaged by fire, one of its owners faces criminal charges. Online court records show Barbara Maslowski-Day will be charged with arson at her first court appearance on May 1. According to court documents, a neighbor reported the fire around 2 p.m. on May 18, 2011 at 8088 Standing Rocks Road in the Town of Stockton, near Amherst.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2017 2:18:56 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

15 people injured in Beaver Dam fire; residents rescued from 2nd floor windows

A smoky kitchen fire in an apartment building in Beaver Dam left 15 people injured early Tuesday morning, with five people needing to be rescued, several hanging out of second-floor windows. The fire was reported at 12:10 a.m. at a 24-unit, two-story apartment building on Lake Crest Drive, the Beaver Dam Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2017 5:51:07 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Arson Investigation In La Crosse

VIDEO: The La Crosse police and fire departments are working together to investigate a string of suspicious fires that they say could be arson. Fox 25/48's Erin O’Brien has more on the fires and why investigators say they could be connected. Ten fires over the last six months in La Crosse have police and firefighters wondering if they're all connected.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2017 8:23:17 PM - SOURCE: WLAX & WEUX-TV Fox 25 & 48

East Madison duplex fire caused by improper handling of grilling materials

Several residents of a far east side duplex are temporarily displaced after a fire spread through the building Monday afternoon, officials said. Madison Fire Department spokesperson Bernadette Galvez said firefighters were called to the duplex in the 3800 block of Sunbrook Road at 3:02 p.m. for a report of a fire in the back of the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2017 8:21:53 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Crews battle fire at Clintonville business

VIDEO: Firefighters battled an electrical fire at Deluxe Plastics on Sunday night. The call came in around 10:00 p.m. for the Industrial Avenue business. When the fire department arrived on scene, they found smoky conditions inside the building. “With anything electrical related primarily to shut off power sources for safety purposes.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2017 6:18:42 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Firefighters warn about fire danger after vehicle sparks grass fire in Knowlton

VIDEO: Firefighters from the Mosinee Fire District are warning residents to burn with caution after a vehicle sparked a small grass fire in the Town of Knowlton. A vehicle traveling north on Highway 51 started on fire just after 5:00 p.m. Sunday night. The fire cause a small patch of grass on the side of the highway to burn.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2017 6:06:53 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Two Janesville families displaced by Sunday afternoon duplex fire

VIDEO: No one was hurt but two families have been displaced after a fire at an east side duplex Sunday afternoon. Janesville Battalion Chief Chris Lukas tells Channel 27 News firefighters responded to the house at 634 South Main around 12:30 to find a lot of smoke coming from the back of the building.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2017 7:34:33 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Damage in UWM theater fire estimated at $1M; classes canceled Monday, Tuesday

VIDEO: A Saturday night fire in a portion of the Peck School of the Arts on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus caused an estimated $1 million in damage and prompted officials to cancel classes in the art, music and theater buildings for both Monday and Tuesday. Crews were called to the complex on the 2400 block of East Kenwood Boulevard at about 10 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2017 1:38:43 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Northern Door Fire Departments Prepare For the Worst With Recent Trainings

With the help of community partners, Northern Door fire departments are preparing for the worst when it comes to their training. On Saturday, members of the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, Gibraltar, Ephraim, and Egg Harbor Fire Departments worked on their school bus and vehicle extrication skills thanks to Five Star Training out of Idaho.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2017 12:32:24 PM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Three rescued from La Crosse duplex fire

Three people were rescued Friday morning from a fire in a duplex in La Crosse. The La Crosse Fire Department received a call at 7:07 a.m. about a fire at 1714 Ferry St. Heavy smoke was coming from the second floor of the duplex and three people were at the windows when firefighters arrived. The fire department used a ladder to get them all to safety and extinguished fire quickly.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2017 9:00:16 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Eau Claire blaze highlights sadness of house fire’s emotional loss

Lynn Fraser watched Thursday as Eau Claire firefighters extinguished a blaze that engulfed the home of her employee, Nou Thao. “She has worked so hard to better herself and was doing so well,” said Fraser, owner of Lynn’s Chatterbox Cafe, where Thao is the manager. Fraser said she expects to do something to help Thao, who lost not only her home but her vehicle and other personal belongings in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2017 6:17:47 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Tanning bed causes fire in Racine home

The Racine Fire Department responded to the report late Thursday night of a “tanning bed on fire” at a residence at 16th and Russet Streets. The owner of the home reported the fire around 10:30 PM and said the three occupants tried to put the fire out themselves but could not. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2017 4:51:10 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Black River Falls Fire Department rolls out new truck

The Black River Falls Fire Department received a new fire truck Thursday. According to Fire Chief Steve Schreiber the new truck will replace the 1993 freightliner. He says it cost $489,000 and the department was able to raise $198,000 through fundraisers and grants. Schreiber says the rest of the money came from taxpayers, the Rural Fire Department, and EMS.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2017 3:21:49 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

“Create a bigger awareness:” Milwaukee firefighters travel the city, teach CPR to students

PHOTO: CPR is a life-saving technique -- but you may be surprised by how many people don't actually know how to perform it. That's why every year, members of the Milwaukee Fire Department travel the city, teaching CPR to students. In 2018, a new state law goes into effect, requiring Wisconsin students to have CPR training.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2017 3:34:48 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Altoona one step closer to hiring full-time fire chief

The city of Altoona is another step closer to hiring its first full-time fire chief. On Wednesday, the Altoona Police and Fire Commission interviewed two candidates for the position. A third candidate backed out before Wednesday’s interviews. City Administrator Mike Golat says the commission selected James Cleveland of New Mexico for the chief position.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2017 3:39:55 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Plans moving forward for new Osseo fire station

After voters in Osseo approved a referendum Tuesday night for a new fire station, plans to build the new facility are getting underway. Osseo Fire Chief Nels Gunderson says Olympic Construction was awarded the contract for the 2.5 million dollar project. He says construction is expected to begin in about 30 days, and will done by the end of the year.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2017 3:32:55 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News