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Body discovered after Polk County fire

Police said human remains were found inside a house that burned early Friday in Polk County. The St. Croix Falls Police Department said the body of an adult was found in a home at 906 N. Washington St. in St. Croix Falls. Firefighters and police responded to a structure fire call there at 5:30 a.m. Police were working to identify the deceased and said the fire's cause remains under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2017 7:25:34 AM - SOURCE: Hudson Star-Observer

"This map should absolutely concern you:" Milwaukee alderman says fire crews are stretched to the limit

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters have been busy this week battling multiple house fires, but one local alderman is concerned whether there enough resources to cover all the fires. Alderman Bob Donovan, 8th district, posted to Facebook Thursday: "That could cost us so many lives. Minutes count, seconds count when you're talking a fire, when you're talking emergency medical services, and this is unacceptable, but sadly it's a state Milwaukee finds itself in," said Alderman Donovan in an interview with CBS58.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 10:26:33 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Reported dog on Lake Monona was an eagle, Madison Fire says

Madison firefighters rushed to frozen Lake Monona Wednesday morning to rescue a reported dog stranded on the ice, but the dog turned out to be an eagle. The call for an animal rescue came in around 7:40 a.m. by a passerby who saw what she believed to be a dog on the ice about 100 yards from shore near Monona Terrace.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 10:09:16 PM - SOURCE: Madison

La Crosse Fire Department faces challenges fighting fires in extreme cold

VIDEO: The extremely cold temperatures we've been seeing this week are hard for anyone to handle, but it's especially tough for those who have to work outside. That includes members of the La Crosse Fire Department, who responded to a fire at Harter's Recycling Center in the city's industrial park Wednesday night.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 8:47:51 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Firefighters battle 3-alarm fire on Milwaukee’s north side, nobody hurt

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters battled a three-alarm fire near 21st and Concordia. Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski spoke with reporters after the fire was brought under control. He indicated the first calls to 911 came in around 9:30 a.m. Lipski indicated when the first crews arrived on the scene, one building was heavily involved -- and was sending fire to a second building.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 8:39:05 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Frozen pipes burst in two downtown Madison businesses

Two downtown Madison businesses are cleaning up after a water leak that sprung overnight from frozen pipes. Fire crews originally were dispatched to the Towers on N. Frances Street to investigate an activated alarm. A leasing manager on-site pointed firefighters to the alarm panel, which led them to the basement where water was actively flooding out of two doors.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 7:52:12 AM - SOURCE: WIBA-AM 1310 News Talk

Germantown firefighters rescue Waffles the cat from tree amid bitterly cold temperatures

PHOTO: Officials with the Germantown Fire Department on Wednesday, December 27th, amid bitterly cold temperatures, rescued a cat named Waffles — who was 20 feet up in the air, stuck in a tree! The Germantown FD shared the below photo on social media Wednesday: Kudos to the first responders who helpe
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 6:54:48 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Electrical fire causes $30K worth of damage to Merrill home

PHOTO: The Merrill Fire Chief says an electrical fire caused nearly $30,000 worth of damage to a home on East Sixth Street Wednesday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on the 1900 block around 5:30 p.m. No one was home at the time of the fire. It was called in by a passerby. Investigators said the damage was contacted to the kitchen.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 6:44:16 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Holmen area fire department to discuss partnership with La Crosse

A proposal to allow the Holmen Area Fire and the La Crosse Fire departments to discuss ways to develop greater cooperation received cautionary support from village representatives on the Holmen Area Fire District Association Board. At fire board’s Dec. 20 meeting, HAFD Fire Chief Paul Menches asked the board to allow him to discuss a fire district concept with the department in La Crosse.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 2:36:16 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Fire at Harter's Quick Clean Up in La Crosse under investigation

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a fire Wednesday night at Harter's Quick Clean Up on La Crosse’s North Side. Firefighters found fire and heavy smoke from the building at 2850 Larson St. about 7:30 p.m., according to the La Crosse Fire Department. All employees had safely evacuated.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: La Crosse Tribune

Vernon firefighter called to fire at Christmas party he planned to attend: "I didn't recognize the address at all until I got there"

VIDEO: The Red Cross already assisted ten families in Southeastern Wisconsin area since Friday, five of those fires happened since Christmas, and one of them was personal for a Vernon firefighter. "My wife and I, Janice, were on our way to a friend of mine's house. He has a Christmas party every year.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2017 9:57:50 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Thermal imaging cameras show dangers of sub-zero weather

VIDEO: Being outside in subzero temperature can be dangerous even if you're outside for just a few minutes. Your body can lose a significant amount of heat in a short amount of time, which can put you at risk for cold-related illnesses, such as frostbite and hypothermia. Firefighters use thermal imaging cameras in fire situations.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2017 8:58:19 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

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