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Lake Geneva police: Meth cook ignites inside hotel room, woman suffers serious burns

A woman is in serious condition after suffering burns inside a room at The Cove in Lake Geneva. Lake Geneva police responded to the hotel around 3:15 a.m. on Monday, January 9th for an “activated fire alarm.” While en route, officers received a second call for service of a female yelling for help at a hotel nearby.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 8:34:41 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

West Allis firefighters deliver baby, come back to deliver Christmas

VIDEO: The true gift of Christmas came a day later for one West Allis family when firefighters helped deliver a baby girl inside the home. On Monday, the team of first responders revisited the growing family and played Santa Claus, dropping off gifts for 5-year-old Marcianno, his 2 week old sister, Milan, and their parents.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 10:43:59 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Nation's first Hmong firefighter retires from Eau Claire Fire Department

VIDEO: Many of us are looking forward to the day we can finally wake up, not have to go to work, and enjoy the life of being retired; and that's what's happening for one local firefighter. Monday, the nation's first-ever Hmong firefighter worked his last shift in Eau Claire, leaving his mark in firefighting history.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 8:04:58 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Recognize him? ATF, Milwaukee Police Department officials seek suspect after arson of BP gas station during unrest

VIDEO: Officials with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Milwaukee Police Department have released photos and video of a suspect who may be responsible for arson to the BP gas station during the unrest in August in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 3:39:23 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Ice fishermen rescued from Door County ice

VIDEO: Along the Lakeshore, it was a close call for four ice fishermen. The men needed to be rescued. The ice they were fishing on, broke loose, and began to float into the waters of Green Bay. It happened Sunday afternoon in Door County. They were near Circle Ridge Road, in the Town of Gardner. "We did see the individuals that were in need of rescue about 400-450 yards off shore," said Tim Dietman, Sturgeon Bay, Fire Chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 3:36:58 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Four homeless after truck fire ignites Green Bay duplex

Four people are homeless following an early Monday morning duplex fire. Firefighters received a call at 4:25 a.m. for the fire at 1719 Beech Tree Drive, according to a Green Bay Metro Fire Department news release. The fire started when a truck in the driveway burst into flames. It quickly spread to the duplex and into both attics, partially collapsing the roof.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 7:37:01 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Missing snowmobiler found dead in Barron County

VIDEO: On Saturday January 7, 2017 at 8:54am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a possible missing person that may be on a snowmobile. Deputies responded to the residence of the missing person just north of Rice Lake and did not locate the subject but the snowmobile was missing.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2017 5:21:49 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Red Cross helps people displaced after south Milwaukee fire

A firefighter was hurt Sunday afternoon putting out a fire on Milwaukee's south side. The fire started 4 p.m. in a second-floor unit of a two-story apartment building near Howell and Holt avenues. The Red Cross is helping the 10 to 15 people who live there. The Milwaukee Fire Department told WISN 12 News the firefighter's injuries are minor.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2017 3:35:27 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Fond du Lac Fire Dept.: Fire destroys garage, 2 vehicles early Sunday

PHOTO: Fire destroyed a garage and two vehicles in a Fond du lac neighborhood early Sunday, January 8th. Firefighters were dispatched to the location on Cotton St. just before 2:00 a.m. They found a fully-involved detached garage. There were two automobiles destroyed; one inside the garage and one parked next to it.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2017 5:27:32 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Curtis lauded for Beloit firefighting career

The Beloit Fire Department bid one of their own a happy retirement after more than 28 years of service. Assistant Chief Tim Curtis retired Friday after 28 years, four months and four days serving as a firefighter, relief motor pump operator, motor pump operator, fire investigator, paramedic, acting lieutenant, deputy chief and assistant fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2017 1:43:07 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Appleton firefighters battle garage blaze in bitter cold

Appleton Firefighters battled a garage fire in subzero temperatures Thursday. Just before 6 p.m., firefighters were called to 25 Oriole Court. They arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and fire coming from a garage attached to a home. The crews were able to contain the blaze to the garage. The home did sustain some smoke damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2017 6:37:53 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Ashland Fire Department conducts biennial training

Over the next two months, members of the Ashland Fire Department will conduct their biennial paramedic refresher training. “That includes completing a 48-hour refresher course related to our paramedic licensure,” said AFD Captain Scott Thimm. “In addition to the 48 hours of continuing education, we will be doing eight hours of advanced cardiac life support and eight hours of pediatric advanced life support.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2017 2:15:48 AM - SOURCE: Ashland Daily Press

Proposed deal could consolidate Janesville, Milton fire departments

Janesville Fire Chief Randy Banker has no doubt the city eventually will build a new fire station on the north side and add people to staff it. What remains to be seen is if Milton will chip in money and share the station with the Janesville Fire Department. “It's an area of our district where coverage needs to be enhanced,” Banker said.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gazette Extra - Metered Site

Horse dies in barn fire near Brandon

VIDEO: The temperature fluctuated between 0 and -3 degrees Fahrenheit as crews from multiple fire departments battled an engulfed barn just after 4 p.m. on Thursday. Strong westerly winds blew thick black smoke across State 26, a full mile east of the fire scene at N4637 Amity Road. "Dispatch, see if we can get a State Patrol officer to sit on 26 to warn drivers of the smoke," a Fond du Lac County Sheriff deputy said over the scanner on his way to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2017 8:22:28 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Farmer

Assistant La Crosse Fire Chief Warren Thomas retires

VIDEO: The La Crosse Fire Department Station One celebrated Assistant Fire Chief, Warren Thomas' retirement on Thursday. Thomas is retiring after serving the area for 30 years. Chief Thomas says that the La Crosse Fire Department has become his second family and that he's grateful to have served the La Crosse community over the years.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2017 12:38:39 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

No injuries in early morning fire in La Crosse

Investigators with the La Crosse Fire Department are looking into a house fire early Thursday morning. The call came in at around 3:30 a.m. about a fire in the attic of a home on the 400 block of 12th Street North. Firefighters tell News 8 three people and two pets made it out of the house safely. The building owner and the Red Cross were at the scene to help displaced residents.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2017 4:40:51 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

De Pere firefighters share photos of cattle roundup

De Pere firefighters are no “cow”ards. On Dec. 27, the department was called to help free cattle from an overturned truck. This morning, the department posted photos of the roundup on Facebook. Click here to view the full set of photos. The post reads: “Cows rescued from trailer! Contrary to popular belief firefighters don’t just save cats from trees.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2

Man Escapes Fire That Consumed His Car In Greenfield

VIDEO: Jason Kellner is scratching his head and thanking his lucky stars. He was on the interstate Wednesday night when the inside console in his car started smoldering and then it burst into flames. "I opened it up and saw a small flame," Jason Kellner told CBS 58 News. "I tried to pat it out with my jacked, it turned into a bigger flame.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 9:37:13 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Milwaukee firefighters respond to fire at Omega restaurant on city’s south side

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters responded to a fire at the Omega restaurant near 27th and Morgan on the city's south side on Wednesday afternoon, January 4th. The fire was put out -- and the restaurant was closed for the night. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 3:39:15 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

La Crosse Fire Chief Gregg Cleveland to retire in June

La Crosse Fire Chief Gregg Cleveland has announced plans to retire after more than a decade with the city of La Crosse. Cleveland, who has logged more than three decades as a firefighter and chief, will step down in June, according to a statement released Tuesday by Mayor Tim Kabat. Kabat praised Cleveland for his work in getting national accreditation for the fire department, overseeing the merger of building inspections and code enforcement into the department, and helping the department become one of the first in the state to carry an opioid overdose antidote.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: LaCrosse Tribune

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