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Wisconsin Fire News

2 fires in Marshfield stress importance of having smoke detectors

VIDEO: The Marshfield Fire Department responded to two fires between Christmas Eve and Tuesday morning that share a dangerous connection; neither had smoke detectors. One person was injured in each fire. The person in the apartment fire above Mr G.’s Saloon was initially treated at a local hospital and then transported to Madison for additional care.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2017 4:46:53 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

2-alarm blaze: Firefighters battle fire, bitter cold at condo complex in Saukville

VIDEO: Firefighters in Saukville on Tuesday, December 26th battled a two-alarm fire in a four-family unit in a condominium complex in Saukville amid bitterly cold temperatures. Smoke was seen billowing out of the complex around 3:00 p.m. It happened near Church and Tower, and multiple departments were called out to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2017 3:23:47 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

"Everything turns to ice instantly:" Milwaukee Fire Department battles house fire in frigid temperatures

VIDEO: The Milwaukee Fire Department took extra precautions today as they were called to a house fire near Greenfield and 33rd in Milwaukee. Extra resources were called to help fight the fire because of the frigid temperatures. The fire started in the attic of the home around 8:30 Tuesday morning. Six people live in the house, including three children, and they will not be able to return anytime soon.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2017 11:00:07 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Western Lakes Fire District responds to 2 fires Christmas Day, no one hurt

VIDEO: The Western Lakes Fire District responded to two fires on Christmas Day. According to the department, no one was hurt in either fire. Authorities were called to the first fire at 7:37 a.m. near E. Wisconsin Ave and N. Lapham St in Oconomowoc at a McDonald’s restaurant. The fire was reported to be in two fat fryers.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2017 3:41:47 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Fire destroys milk parlor, barn in Washington County, cause believed to be electrical

A milk parlor and barn were destroyed by fire early Friday morning, December 22nd in Washington County. There were no injuries as a result of the fire. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified around 4:15 a.m. of a small barn fire on CTH W in the Town of Addison. The 911 caller was a passerby who noticed smoke and flames coming from an old milk parlor — which was located next to the main barn on the property.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2017 5:53:20 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Burlington Fire Department puts out blaze at two-family structure

The City of Burlington Fire Department quickly controlled a small fire at a two-family structure in the 480 block on South Perkins Boulevard on Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the scene at about 4:20 p.m., according to Fire Chief Alan Babe. When they arrived, firefighters could see smoke coming from the second story and found that the fire was in the area of the second floor stairwell landing.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2017 2:49:55 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Vote on Altoona fire & rescue service charge ordinance postponed

VIDEO: A vote on a proposed ordinance to charge non-taxpayers for fire and rescue service calls in Altoona is postponed. Under the ordinance, a charge for service would be given to non-tax paying entities for calls provided by the City of Altoona Fire and Rescue Department. Fire Chief Mark Renderman said the proposal is because of a growing number of calls for service.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2017 12:00:23 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Madison: Scammer trying to get into homes as firefighter looking for smoke alarms

The Madison Fire Department is warning area residents to call police if someone purporting to be a firefighter wants to check inside your home to see if you have smoke alarms. An area woman recently was called by someone saying he was from the fire department, asking if her alarms were checked regularly.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 10:54:37 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Man suffers 3rd degree burns in Wisconsin Dells smokehouse

The Kilbourn Fire Department responded to a man lying on the ground in a smokehouse on River Road in the Wisconsin Dells the morning of Dec. 21. The man suffered 3rd degree burns on his lower extremities, said Kilbourn Fire Chief Scott Walsh. MedFlight also responded to the incident. The man was conscious when help arrived, but the cause of the incident remains unknown, Walsh said.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 7:15:17 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Kaukauna community gets a first look at new fire station

VIDEO: A new fire station is open in Kaukauna. The 29,000 square-foot facility held its grand opening Wednesday. It replaces the former station which was only 8,000 square feet. The new facility, which can comfortably house 35 firefighters, took a year to complete. The new station, located on Second Street, has more doors which shortens response time for crews.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 7:16:08 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Kraig Biefeld is Watertown's new fire chief

After serving as Watertown's interim fire chief for the past several months, Kraig Biefeld has been selected to fill the full-time position by the city's Police and Fire Commission. The announcement was made by Mayor John David at Tuesday's Common Council meeting. Biefeld will succeed Chief Greg Michalek, who retired in mid-August.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 4:13:50 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Task force recommends 5th fire station in La Crosse

VIDEO: A fifth station for the La Crosse Fire Department is one step closer to becoming a reality. The mayor's Fire Station Task Force made a formal recommendation that the city council look at building a 5th fire station on La Crosse's south side. The fire chief says early estimates are that a new station would cost anywhere between $3.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 3:42:41 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Firefighters battle fire, small explosion at Meijer construction site in Grand Chute

VIDEO: Firefighting units from multiple jurisdictions responded to a fire Wednesday night at the construction site of the new Meijer superstore being built here. The fire broke out about 8:30 p.m. in an area where contractors were doing masonry work, said Matt Kasriel, assistant fire chief for the Grand Chute Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 2:50:36 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Holland still smoldering over fire budget

The Holmen Area Fire District’s 2018 budget has some Town of Holland board members pressing for changes on how they contribute to its funding in the future. At last week’s board meeting, Holland Town Clerk Marilyn Pedretti said now would be the time to discuss the matter, rather than waiting until the HAFD presents the 2019 budget next November.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 2:42:16 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Firefighters respond to active structure fire in Monona single family home

Multiple units are responding to an active structure fire at a single family home in Monona. The fire is at 505 Frost Wood Road, according to Dane County dispatch. Smoke is coming from the roof of the home. People were home at the time of the fire when they smelled smoke and called the fire department, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2017 8:53:17 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Firefighters light third red bulb on wreaths after Nekoosa structure fire

Wood County fire departments lit a third red bulb on the Keep the Wreath Green wreaths after a structure fire in Nekoosa. A building on a Nekoosa cranberry marsh caught fire at about 4 p.m. Monday. Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke and fire spewing from the building; the building was a total loss, said Nekoosa Fire Chief Mike Hartje.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2017 8:49:49 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Firefighters break into smoky Downtown apartment; occupant uninjured, Madison Fire says

Madison firefighters had to break down a door Monday night to gain access to a smoke-filled apartment, with the occupant of the apartment uninjured in the fire. The fire was reported at about 6:40 p.m. in the 100 block of North Orchard Street, the Madison Fire Department said. The 911 caller was the tenant, who came home to find the door was locked and secured from the inside.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2017 3:13:44 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Walworth Countywide team aims to handle water rescues better

Walworth County has nearly 30 emergency divers who are trained to rescue people when their boat capsizes or they wind up in trouble under water another way. The problem is, those divers are scattered among 14 different fire departments with varied procedures and guidelines for handling water emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2017 2:50:00 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

South Shore car fire closes Highway 11

PHOTO: South Shore firefighters battled a car fire Tuesday afternoon in the eastbound lanes of Highway 11 near Highway 31 in front of the Walgreen's, 6125 Durand Ave. South Shore Battalion Chief Jon Keiser said crews arrived on the scene at 3:36 p.m. and remained there for about 50 minutes. No injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2017 2:31:09 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times