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Marathon County home destroyed in fire, animals killed

VIDEO: A home near Athens went up in flames Tuesday night. Firefighters were called to the scene on County Road A in the Town of Johnson just before 9 p.m. Officials believe a heating lamp in the garage is to blame for starting the fire. The Athens Fire Chief said several pigs and two dogs died in the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 8:17:21 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Controversy continues over Portage Co. volunteer fire station's future

VIDEO: Residents of Park Ridge will vote Tuesday on an advisory referendum concerning the volunteer fire department. The future of the station remains in question but in the meantime, residents are voicing their opinions. The ballot will have three options for residents to choose from: The first would offer a new building and updated equipment.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2018 5:26:26 PM - SOURCE: WAOW Newsline 9

New fire station groundbreaking brings Madison closer to quicker response times

VIDEO: People living on Madison's southeast side routinely have to wait 10 to 15 minutes for emergency crews to respond. The city hopes opening Fire Station 14 near the intersection of Dairy Drive and Femrite Drive will change that. Construction begins Monday. When complete, the $6.4 million Fire Station 14 will include a community room as well as a training room for firefighters and recruits.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2018 3:48:57 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Former Mosinee fire chief sues Fire District to block release of documents

The former chief of the Mosinee Fire District is suing to block the release of records requested after his resignation, alleging they contain false information that would hurt his reputation if made public. Doug Jennings left the department in late January, a day after he was put on paid suspension by the Mosinee Fire District Board.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2018 2:48:40 PM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Three people displaced by apartment fire in Appleton

VIDEO: Three people were displaced Sunday by a fire at an apartment building. The fire was reported at 6:12 p.m. at 3208 E. Canary St., according to the Appleton Fire Department. The first firefighters at the scene found an apartment using a wood burning stove had led to a chimney fire in the attic. The fire was quickly extinguished and most of the damage was limited to the attic.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2018 1:04:30 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Firefighters Pull Woman From The Flames in Fond du Lac County

Fond du Lac Sheriff's Office received a call just before midnight Monday about a house fire. Officials say the blaze broke out on W3858 Silica Road. A passerby reported visible smoke coming from the garage and could hear a woman inside the home calling for help. Fire personnel removed the 47-year-old woman from the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2018 8:15:38 AM - SOURCE: WNFL SPORT REDIO

Overdose deaths up in Winnebago County

Drug overdose deaths in Winnebago County increased nearly 30 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to data released Wednesday by Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz. The report stated there were 124 overdose deaths in the county last year, up from 96 in 2016. The three most common drugs involved with the deaths included fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, with the most common affected age group included 40 to 49-year-olds.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2018 6:33:47 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

La Crosse County: Nation's first 911 call received 50 years ago today

During his two years as a La Crosse County dispatcher, Jay Loeffler quickly learned that the definition of an emergency is most certainly not universal. Among the thousands of calls reporting accidents, injuries and intruders, the occasional head-shaking query comes in, with one memorable conversation regarding a restaurant reservation.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2018 3:33:48 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Green Bay: Two Little Girls Making A Big Difference

VIDEO: A lot of interesting stories come across my desk daily. In a blink of an eye I have to decide whether to look into them or move on. After opening my email this morning and taking that first sip of coffee I received one particular story that I couldn't let slip by. Two Hobart girls, Addie and Annabella Mathey, have been celebrating their birthdays a little differently than the rest of us.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2018 12:41:43 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Follow Up: Milwaukee woman charged with child neglect in fire that killed 1-year-old girl

VIDEO: A 31-year-old Milwaukee woman has been charged in the death of a child in a fire that happened Saturday, February 10. Quintella Owens has been charged with three counts of child neglect in the death of 1-year-old Quamyiia Owens. According to the criminal complaint, fire crews responded to the fire around 9:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 6:32:35 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Update: Lake Delton Mt. Olympus maintenance building fire damage estimated at $1.2 million

The damage estimate for the Feb. 14 Mt. Olympus maintenance building fire is $1.2 million. “We come up with the loss estimation by first looking at the size of the building and what it would cost, conservatively, to reconstruct,” said Delton Fire Chief Darren Jorgenson. “Then, we take a look at what contents were lost in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 12:35:43 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Sandalwood smoke brings Madison firefighters to Downtown apartment building

Sandalwood has a nice smell when burned, but using too much can bring firefighters to your door. That's what happened Wednesday evening when the Madison Fire Department was called out to the 600 block of West Doty Street because there was smoke in the hallway of an apartment building. A full structure fire response was sent to the building, as firefighters went up to the fourth floor, where the smoke was reported to be coming from.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 9:08:32 AM - SOURCE: Madison

Crews put out Jefferson County business fire

No one was injured in a business fire in Fort Atkinson on Thursday morning. Fort Atkinson Fire Chief Daryl Rausch said crews were called to On-Cor Frozen Foods Redi-Serve plant on Industrial Dive. Rausah said the fire originated in a fryer and made its way through the exhaust ducts. It was quickly contained.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 7:39:19 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Smoke detector saves Bellevue man in house fire

VIDEO: A man in Bellevue was awaken by his working smoke detector after his house caught on fire Wednesday night. At around 11 p.m., Bellevue Fire and Rescue units responded to 2978 Tordeur Lane after a structure fire was reported. Fire and smoke was showing from the south side of the house. Fire units were able to control the fire in 20 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 6:27:04 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Eau Claire firefighters fan the flames of love for Valentine's Day

VIDEO: Eau Claire Floral had special workers helping them with their Valentine's Day deliveries Wednesday. Dressed in their gear, off-duty firefighters with the Eau Claire Fire Department delivered every flower arrangement imaginable to sweethearts around the Chippewa Valley. The fire fighters told News 18 they enjoy seeing the reactions of recipients when they get their bouquet, and that celebrating the day of love is extra unique because their flower delivery job lets them show love as a fire station, to the Eau Claire community.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 4:48:42 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Grand Chute's Gretzinger honored as state firefighter of the year

VIDEO: Lt. Bill Gretzinger of the Grand Chute Fire Department has been named firefighter of the year by the Wisconsin State Firefighters Association. Gretzinger, 55, will accept the award March 3 at the association's annual conference in Middleton. "I feel very honored and, most importantly, very humbled," Gretzinger told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 1:06:28 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Fire destroys Mt. Olympus building; 2nd fire at a Wisconsin Dells resort in 3 weeks

A fire destroyed a maintenance building at the Mt. Olympus Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells early Wednesday morning, with nobody hurt in the blaze. This was the second major fire at a theme park in Wisconsin Dells in three weeks. On Jan. 25, fire destroyed a dormitory under construction at Wilderness Resort, with that fire ruled to be arson.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 7:44:46 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

Mount Pleasant board postpones vote on EMS station

Following the outcry from a few neighbors, the Mount Pleasant Village Board voted Monday night 5-1 to press the pause button on rezoning a plot of land on Emmertsen Road for an emergency medical service station for two weeks to get some questions answered. Village Trustee John Hewitt was the only one to vote against putting the project on hold.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 2:17:56 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Crews called to chimney fire in Stevens Point, no injuries

VIDEO: According to investigators, there are no injuries after a chimney fire on the 2,000-block of Ellis Street in Stevens Point Tuesday evening. The Assistant Fire Chief for the Stevens Point Fire Department, Jodi Baganz, told our reporter at the scene the there was also fire on the exterior of the home, but everything is out, now.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 9:34:38 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire damages Brookfield restaurant, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Monday night, Feb. 12 were called out to Mr. B’s restaurant on Capitol Drive in Brookfield for a possible chimney fire. The call came in around 6:55 p.m. According to the City of Brookfield Fire Department, a passersby noticed heavy smoke and fire embers from a chimney and informed the business operator.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 9:07:14 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6