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Sun Prairie apartment complex "complete loss" after fire

VIDEO: Multiple fire departments and other agencies are helping put the fire out in Sun Prairie. Sun Prairie Fire Assistant Chief Thane Westermeyer says when crews got to the building on Schiller, fire and smoke was coming from the basement. The fire quickly spread to the first and second floors. "We anticipate being on scene for a few more hours until we get the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 3:43:13 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Beloit Fire makes bulletproof vests mandatory for paramedics on disturbance calls

VIDEO: In these uncertain times, come new mandatory measures for Beloit Fire Paramedics. The first responders are now required to wear bullet proof vests on disturbance calls. "Our guys have been attacked, they've been assaulted on calls," Deputy Chief Joe Murray said about why they are making the change.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27

One death reported after Janesville house fire on South Main Street Sunday night

One person died Sunday night after a house fire on South Main Street, Janesville Fire Chief Randy Banker said at about 9 p.m. A report of a house fire at 603 S. Main St. came in to authorities about 8 p.m., according to a Janesville Police Department news release. Banker said first responders found a fully engulfed house fire with one person trapped.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2017 8:49:07 PM - SOURCE: Walworth County Today - Metered Site

Holmen Area Fire Department works on mutual aid plans

The Holmen Area Fire District is working to expand its mutual aid agreements. However, the Holmen Area Fire District Association Board agreed to set a limit as to how far the department would travel to assist other fire departments that are part of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS). At its Jan.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Courier-Life

Barn destroyed by fire in Town of Eagle

A horse barn in rural Eagle was destroyed by fire early this morning. The fire was reported around 1:15 AM at a residence off Draper Road south of Eagle. A 16 by 20 foot pole barn that housed two horses was on fire. The horses were evacuated unharmed from the barn and no individuals were injured. Firefighters were on the scene for about 2-and-a-half hours.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58

Hot dogs help firefighters rescue canine on thin ice in Racine County

Hot dogs helped firefighters rescue a dog stranded on an icy pond Thursday afternoon. The rescue call came in at about 12:30 p.m. after someone spotted a chow mix walking on the ice of a large pond near the 7300 block of Old Spring Street. The dog had a leash attached and it was later determined to have escaped its owner.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 7:54:47 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Altoona narrows search for new fire chief

The city of Altoona's search for a new chief to lead the fire department is close to coming to an end. City representatives said Wednesday that they have narrowed down the number of applicants from 12 to five. Some of the finalists include individuals right from Altoona and around the area. Before a job offer is made, the city will be holding a public meet and greet as an opportunity for the potential hires to interact with the community that they will be serving.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 9:27:44 AM - SOURCE: WQOW.com

Racine firefighters battle stubborn fire at dealership garage

Racine firefighters spent more than three hours early Wednesday battling a stubborn fire in a garage at a car dealership. The fire was reported at about 1 a.m. Wednesday at Auto Hut of Wisconsin, 1620 Racine St., and no one was in the building at the time, according to the Racine Fire Department. Fire Department Lt.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 2:15:30 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Johnsen named new Sussex fire chief

The Sussex Fire Commission appointed David Johnsen to serve as the new Sussex fire chief on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Johnsen will join the Sussex Fire Department on Feb. 27; he is fulfilling his final work commitments with his current employer, the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District in Illinois. Johnsen started his 30-year career in fire service with the New Berlin Volunteer Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 2:08:24 AM - SOURCE: WaukeshaNOW

Follow Up: Assistant Chief, 53, Found Dead of Heart Attack at Eldorado Fire Station

The assistant chief of the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department was found dead at the fire station on Jan. 10, hours after a meeting. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, a firefighter found Assistant Fire Chief Rodney “Tiny” Menne, 53, at 2 a.m. deceased from an apparent heart attack. The USFA has provisionally listed the event as a line of duty death.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse News

Two Milwaukee mobile homes catch fire, spread to nearby building

Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department are investigating after two mobile homes catch on fire — and the flames spread to a nearby building. Firefighters were called to the area of 38th and Vliet just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, January 25th. Upon arrival, crews found two mobile homes, which were parked behind a business building, in flames.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2017 5:24:52 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fire destroys Winnebago County barn, multiple vehicles

A fire on Tuesday afternoon destroyed a barn and multiple vehicles that were stored inside. The barn was engulfed when firefighters arrived, according to Winnebago County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Kroncke. No one was injured in the blaze at 1911 Winnebago County II. But seven or eight vehicles that were being stored inside the structure were destroyed, said town of Neenah Fire Chief Ed King.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2017 4:55:40 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Firefighter hurt while fighting fire at mobile tattoo parlor in Milwaukee

A firefighter was injured while responding to a fire in Milwaukee early Wednesday morning. The fire was reported around 2:00 a.m. near 38th and Vliet streets. It appears that the fire started in a mobile tattoo parlor parked outside a tattoo shop. Flames spread from the truck to the business and caused significant damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2017 3:59:46 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Holmen Fire Department focuses fire safety education on different age groups

VIDEO: A local fire department is approaching fire safety education in a new way. The Holmen Fire Department will focus on common mistakes made by people in different age groups. Lessons will be different for the elderly, adults, teens, and children. The events will have different activities such as coloring books for children or obstacles for teenagers.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Couple displaced after Reedsburg house fire

A Reedsburg family is homeless after a fire broke out on Jan. 23. The house, located on Enterprise Drive near South Dewey Avenue, was destroyed despite firefighters working for hours to knock down the flames. No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported. Jordan Sullivan, who grew up in the house during her teen years, told the Times-Press she received notice of the incident around 9:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2017 4:14:13 AM - SOURCE: Reedsburg Times-Press

Basement fire forces family from De Pere home

A De Pere family is forced from their home Tuesday morning after an overnight house fire. Just before 2 .m., De Pere Fire Rescue was called to a home on Vista Circle when the homeowner found a fire in their basement. The homeowner put out part of the fire with his own fire extinguisher before fire crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2017 3:37:46 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Firefighters from multiple departments battle blaze at barn in Racine County; no one hurt

Officials on Monday night, January 23rd were on the scene of a large barn fire in the Town of Raymond in Racine County. It happened on S. 51st Street near County Highway K around 8:45 p.m. Racine County Sheriff’s officials said the barn was fully engulfed. Multiple departments responded to fight the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2017 8:19:06 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Madison crews put out, monitor insulation fire at construction site, officials say

PHOTO: Firefighters stayed at the scene of a construction site fire Monday afternoon to make sure newly sprayed foam insulation didn’t reignite after they extinguished the first round of flames, according to a release. Crews were sent to 431 W. Mifflin St. around 3:30 p.m., the side of the Mifflander Apartments, to investigate reported “off-gassing” resulting from foam installation sprayed into the ceiling, according to the release.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2017 4:58:24 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

3 adults, 1 child fall through ice on Sauk County lake

One person was treated for hypothermia Sunday afternoon after falling through a Sauk County lake's ice, officials said. The Delton Fire Department said it responded to a report of four people who had fallen through the ice on MIrror Lake at 12: 15 p.m. while ice fishing. When crews arrived, all four people had pulled themselves from the water and the three adults were lying on the ice crawling toward shore.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2017 4:35:45 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Vehicle flips in Beaver Dam Creek, drowns two men

Two area men drowned late Sunday after their vehicle overturned in the Beaver Dam Creek. An Ashwaubenon man, 21, and a Green Bay man, 24, died despite efforts of sheriff's deputies and firefighters wading in waist-deep ice water to free them. The crash happened about 9 p.m. in the 2000 block of Memorial Drive.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2017 7:35:50 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette