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Part-time Menomonee Falls firefighter arrested, accused of threatening Gov. Walker

VIDEO: A part-time Menomonee Falls firefighter is facing criminal charges for a Facebook post threatening Gov. Scott Walker. Wisconsin State Capitol Police got the call March 8 reporting an alarming post on Facebook that read, "I suggest we take all our firearms to the governor's mansion and execute the parasite.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2018 4:42:36 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Fond du Lac firefighters rescue cat from house fire

VIDEO: Firefighters rescued a cat from a house fire in Fond du Lac. The fire broke out just before 5 p.m. Monday at a 4-unit home on E. 10th Street. Fire officials said the fire was quickly put out. No one was home at the time of the fire. One cat was rescued and received oxygen by paramedics who used a special mask made for pets.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 11:25:45 PM - SOURCE: NBC26

Germantown fire chief mysteriously resigns after being placed on leave

VIDEO: The Germantown Fire Chief has resigned amid concerns surrounding his position and the fire department. Chief Gary Weiss had been placed on administrative leave for what the Village Administrator Steve Kreklow called a “confidential HR issue.” After a closed session, the Germantown Village Board announced Monday night that the chief had resigned.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 9:24:22 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-AM 620 Milwaukee

Beaver Dam Common Council approves collective bargaining agreement with on-call firefighters

The Beaver Dam Common Council approved a collective bargaining agreement with the city’s on-call fire fighters at its meeting on Monday night. The motion passed unanimously 12-0. Council members Robert Ballweg and Kara Nelson were absent. The agreement will bump up the pay for the on-call firefighers, who work part time and receive a stipend and an hourly wage.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 7:59:16 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Fire consumes garage in Fox Lake

A fire consumed a garage in the town of Fox Lake on Monday afternoon, causing an estimated $150,000 in damage to the structure, which was deemed a total loss. The Fox Lake Fire Department responded to W9880 Ireland Road at 1:10 p.m., and officials shut down County Highway 33 for a period of time because there was zero visibility due to smoke.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 7:00:34 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Update: Sister charged with reckless homicide, arson in brother's death in Deer Creek fire

VIDEO: A Deer Creek woman accused of starting a house fire that killed her developmentally disabled brother last week was charged Monday with first-degree reckless homicide, arson and bail jumping. Dana L. Nachtrab, 27, was ordered held on a $300,000 cash bond with conditions including that she not possess any devices capable of lighting a fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 5:28:18 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Brush, grass fires keep Madison firefighters busy

Small fires in brush and grass on the city's Far East Side kept Madison firefighters busy Sunday, but none of the fires got big enough to threaten structures. Nobody was injured in the fires reported at 11:40 a.m. in the 5600 block of Fen Oak Drive, the Madison Fire Department said. When firefighters arrived they found two separate areas burning, and areas where the fires could have extinguished by themselves.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 9:06:23 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Motorcycle catches on fire at Eau Claire intersection

A motorcycle is destroyed after it catches on fire in Eau Claire. It happened Saturday around 7 p.m. at the corner of Jeffers Road and North Crossing. The Eau Claire Police Department said the fire started because of a mechanical issues. It was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived. No one was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2018 8:00:27 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Man injured in Sheboygan house fire

The Sheboygan Fire Department said that a home near 8th and Jackson is a total loss after a Saturday evening fire. The Sheboygan Fire Department Dispatch Center received multiple 911 calls around 5:30 p.m. reporting smoke and flames shooting from the home. A large amount of fire was coming from the back of the home when firefighters arrived on scene.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2018 10:28:59 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Unoccupied residence damaged in early-morning fire, Madison officials say

A structure fire happened early Sunday morning at a single-family residence under construction, according to a news release. The City of Madison Fire Department responded to the 4200 block of Doncaster Drive around 3 a.m. after a neighbor reported visible flames and smoke from the front of the residence, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2018 7:22:42 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Sturgeon Bay fire truck ride makes young cancer survivor's day, thanks to Make-A-Wish

Chase Hartl, 6, was over the moon Saturday when a Sturgeon Bay fire truck pulled up to his house and gave him and his dad a ride to the Frozen Spoon for a yogurt treat. While Chase was reveling in the ride with the firefighters, who allowed him to toot the horn, more than 40 friends and family members had congregated at the Frozen Spoon to surprise him.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2018 9:16:01 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Worker stuck 5 stories up; rescued by Madison firefighters

A man working inside an old boiler at a Near East Side power plant had to be rescued when the lift he was in stopped functioning, leaving him about five stories off the ground. The Madison Gas and Electric worker was lifted down by rope and harness about an hour after the emergency call came in to the Madison Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2018 7:03:18 AM - SOURCE: Madison

Construction begins on Monroe Street, but Madison EMS crews and neighbors not worried

VIDEO: Monroe Street is down to one lane in one directions as summer construction gets underway. The work is happening between Odana and Nakoma Road and Regent Street. Despite the narrow road, emergency service providers aren't too worried about the construction because they say they're prepared. Emergency Fire and EMS crews strive to respond in 5 minutes or less, and they're still going to push for that by adjusting which station is going to respond to certain areas.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2018 6:33:11 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Follow Up: Mood is bittersweet in Beaver Dam after successful controlled burn

VIDEO: The recovery of some residents’ belongings just before the controlled burn that destroyed their apartment building here Thursday offered the first piece of good news since an explosion in one of the apartments on March 5 killed a man who was allegedly making bombs. But it was hard to find anybody speaking in an optimistic tone.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2018 6:21:08 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Firefighters burn Beaver Dam building where explosion took place

VIDEO: Firefighters are burning a Beaver Dam apartment building where a fatal explosion took place last week. Authorities set a controlled fire Thursday to burn the chemicals that cannot be removed because of their volatility. Those who lived in the building were not been allowed to return to retrieve any belongings or keepsakes because of the danger of another explosion.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2018 9:48:41 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Woman arrested for Monday's fatal fire in Deer Creek

Authorities have arrested a 27-year-old woman in connection to a Monday fire in the town of Deer Creek that killed a man. Dana Nachtrab was arrested Wednesday, according to an Outagamie County Sheriff's Department release. She is expected to be charged with arson and first-degree reckless homicide for her suspected involvement in a fire that broke out at W10721 Pine Road in which 23-year-old Cody Nachtrab died.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2018 2:06:45 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Madison firefighters, others to shave heads for St. Baldrick's Foundation

VIDEO: Madison firefighters are teaming up with Alt'n Bach's Town Tap to host a head-shaving fundraiser. They're raising money for childhood cancer research on Saturday, March 17. The event is from 3-6 p.m. at Alt'n Bach at 2602 Whalen Lane in Madison. Their goal is to raise $30,000 and there will be more than 20 local participants, including Madison firefighters, who will go bald to support the St.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2018 3:54:31 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Follow Up: Man killed in Beaver Dam apartment explosion had worked as scientist

The man killed in the Beaver Dam apartment building explosion last week was a 28-year-old quality control technician for a food manufacturer there who had a background in science, but his pastor said he “was not a bomb maker.” Benjamin D. Morrow, 28, of Beaver Dam, was killed in the apartment blast, according to Roman Ryan of Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Madison, which is handling Morrow’s funeral arrangements.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 9:15:50 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Fire destroys home near Lake Tomahawk

Firefighters still don't know what caused a home to catch fire near Lake Tomahawk on Tuesday. A home on South Bluebird Road caught fire just before noon. The fire destroyed the home, but nobody was hurt. "It was a wooden frame structure with a metal roof, and it was fully involved when we got here," said Lake Tomahawk Fire Chief Doug Rehm.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 2:46:38 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Man, 23, dies in fire Monday night in town of Deer Creek

VIDEO: Police are investigating after a 23-year-old man was found dead in a residence in the town of Deer Creek after a fire Monday night. Cody Nachtrab, an occupant of the home, was identified Tuesday afternoon as the victim in the fire. The fire was reported at about 11:20 p.m. on Pine Road, according to the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 1:02:09 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com