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Pleasant Prairie elderly woman charged with attempted arson

In the last six months, two of 70-year-old Kathleen Kauppi’s homes have been destroyed by fire. This weekend, it almost became number three. On Tuesday, Kauppi was charged with attempted arson, accused of using gasoline to start a fire in the Pleasant Prairie home of a relative who had taken her in. According to the criminal complaint, Pleasant Prairie Police were called to the home at 11511 Sheridan Road for a fire at 11:40 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2017 4:53:32 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Town of Lyons tire fire under investigation

A tire fire that required 124,000 gallons of water early Tuesday morning in the town of Lyons is still under investigation, town Fire Chief Neal Lara said. The fire started at about 4:14 a.m. on Highway 11 east of Highway 120, a Walworth County dispatcher said. Lara said the fir was under control by 7 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 10:38:36 PM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Fire chief to focus on more education in Beaver Dam

Tuesday, Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel had some of his staff out at apartments informing residents about fire safety, which is one aspect in the 2016 annual report he wants to continue improving. Looking over the report Mannel said that informing citizens about shutting doors during a fire would significantly limit damages and possibly save lives.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 7:21:13 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

1 person killed, others displaced in Mauston apartment fire

PHOTO: Authorities are investigating a fatal fire at an apartment complex in Mauston. The fire Monday caused the evacuation of 16 apartments in the building. Juneau County sheriff's deputies and state troopers helped evacuate the units. The state fire marshal's office is investigating. The person who died in the fire has not been identified.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 9:07:34 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Madison man dies after being trapped under car

A Madison man is dead after being trapped underneath his car. Police say the 83-year-old victim was working on his vehicle Sunday night on Pine Street when the car started to roll down the driveway. Investigators believe the man was trying to stop the vehicle when he became trapped beneath one of the wheels.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 7:21:00 AM - SOURCE: WXER-FM 104.5 & 96.1 The Point

“It looked like a cloud:” Fire under investigation at recycling center in Town of Lyons

Firefighters on Tuesday morning, June 6th responded to the scene of a fire at a recycling center on Highway 11 near Spring Prairie Road in the Town of Lyons. There were reports of roughly 1,000 tires burning. Several fire departments responded to the scene — and several roads were closed in the area Tuesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 4:38:50 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Madison City Council to consider reimbursing citizens who win Police and Fire Commission claims

Madison City Council members are proposing a new ordinance to reimburse the legal fees accumulated by people who win claims against employees or officials before the Police and Fire Commission. “The council finds it is in the public interest and satisfies a public purpose to reimburse fees and costs of private citizens who successfully bring complaints before the Police and Fire Commission against city employees or officials,” the proposed ordinance states.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2017 2:49:13 AM - SOURCE: Madison

Manitowoc officers, firefighter honored by Eagles Club

Two officers from the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department and one Manitowoc firefighter were among those recently honored for their service by the Eagles Club. The banquet took place May 6 and the awards were presented to each recipient. Brad Olivera, a motor pump operator for the Manitowoc Fire Department, was awarded Firefighter of the Year for 2016 because of two incidents in which Olivera stepped up, even though he was off duty, according to a press release from the Manitowoc Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2017 3:48:35 PM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Longtime Raymond Assistant Fire Chief Dale Mentink retires

Described as a “legend” by Raymond fire officials, Assistant Chief Dale Mentink retired last month after 55 years of service with the Raymond Volunteer Fire Department. “I enjoy serving the good people of the Town of Raymond. I did this mainly to help my neighbors, because I knew my family and I would need someone to help me if my house was on fire,” Mentink said.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2017 3:09:14 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

One critically hurt in helicopter crash at Kenosha airport

A helicopter pilot suffered critical injuries Sunday after his aircraft crash at about 4:30 p.m. at Kenosha Regional Airport. The pilot, an unidentified male, was the only one on board, Kenosha Fire Department Chief Charles Leipzig said. A Flight for Life medical helicopter was called to transport the man, most likely to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Leipzig said.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2017 1:55:41 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Update: Body of third victim recovered from Didion Milling explosion

VIDEO: Didion Milling released a statement Sunday afternoon that the local fire department and Columbia County Sheriff's Office have recovered the body of a worker killed in the plant explosion Wednesday night. Didion Milling said safety engineers recovered the body of 21-year-old Pawel Tordoff. His body was originally found Friday morning, but authorities delayed sending rescue personnel into the site until it was safe to make the recovery, the company said.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2017 1:36:33 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

No injuries after car hits Ella's Deli in Madison

According to the Madison Fire Department, one person was taken to UW Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, after hitting Ella's Deli. Firefighters responded to the 2000 block of E. Washington Avenue, Ella's Deli around 12:00 noon. They found a vehicle had hit the entryway of Ella's Deli. Crews found no damage to the main structure of the restaurant.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2017 6:21:17 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

One hurt, nine displaced by apartment fire in Black River Falls

One person was injured in a Saturday morning fire in an apartment above Murphy’s Pub, 123 Main St. The man, who had been in the apartment that caught fire, was found on the roof over the pub, suffering from an injured arm. He was treated on the scene by paramedics and then transported to Black River Memorial Hospital for further treatment.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2017 4:45:41 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Fire destroys Merton garage, two cars

VIDEO: A Friday morning fire in the Town of Merton damaged a home and destroyed a garage and the vehicles that were parked inside. Firefighters from the Merton Fire Department were called to the home on the County Highway E near Trumpet Lane at about 5:45 a.m. Additional help was later received from crews from the Village of Sussex, the Town of Lisbon, and the Village of Hartland, Lt.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2017 8:28:23 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Related: Cambria mill that exploded had been reprimanded on safety; was site of recent fire

A Wisconsin corn mill that exploded late Wednesday night was reprimanded by federal safety inspectors six years ago for not taking precautions against dust explosions, a major hazard in handling grain, records show. Firefighters also had responded to a fire at the facility two days before the blast, although it’s too soon to know whether the two incidents are related.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2017 4:24:16 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Update: 2 dead, 1 missing after Cambria explosion

VIDEO: Two people were killed and several others injured in a late Wednesday explosion and fire at a corn milling plant in Columbia County. One of two employees who had been missing was found dead about 5:50 p.m. Thursday. A search and rescue mission continued Thursday night for the other employee who had been on shift at the Didion Milling plant on Highway 146 in Cambria who was still missing as of 7:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

12 year-old boy in critical condition after being hit by a bus in Milwaukee

The Western Lakes Fire District responded for a school bus versus bicycle accident on North Main Street in Dousman just before 7:00 Thursday morning. A boy was riding his bike on North Main Street on the the sidewalk when he crossed Main Street and was hit by the school bus. Emergency officials were able to free the bicyclist who was trapped and take him to a local hospital in critical condition.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2017 11:45:11 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Sauk City man charged in apartment building arson

Police say a Sauk City man lit multiple fires in his apartment building after having disagreements with his landlord. Prosecutors have charged 46-year-old Kurt J. Haugen with two counts of felony arson for fires that took place in September and May at a Jackson Street apartment complex. Firefighters were called to the location May 5 after a resident reported smoke in a hallway.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2017 6:56:14 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

1 dead, 2 missing after explosion at ethanol plant in Columbia County

VIDEO: One person was killed and several others injured in a late Wednesday explosion and fire at a corn milling plant in Columbia County. Two of the 16 employees that were on shift at the Didion Milling plant on Highway 146 in Cambria were still missing as of about 5 a.m. Thursday, Sheriff Dennis Richards said during a press conference at the Cambria Village Hall on Edgewater Street.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2017 6:01:57 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Windsurfer dead after being hit by boat on Lake Mendota

VIDEO: Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney confirms that a windsurfer has died after being hit by a boat. Mahoney says the surfer's body has been recovered. The identity of the surfer has not yet been released. The sheriff says the boater is being questioned and is cooperating with the investigation. Mahoney says there is no reason to suspect foul play was involved.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2017 2:29:41 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire