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Wisconsin Rapids fire departments helping install smoke detectors

VIDEO: Local fire departments in the area are partnering up with WIS SAFE, also known as the Wisconsin Smoke and Fire Education Program and the North Central American Red Cross to install smoke detectors in homes that don't have them. Currently they're targeting homes which are high risk, such as those with the elderly, disabled, low income, and middle school aged children.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2016 5:21:16 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire destroyed Roxbury machine shed, nobody hurt in blaze, authorities say

A shed housing machinery and hay was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning in the town of Roxbury, with nobody injured in the fire. The fire was reported at about 1:25 a.m. on a farm at 7772 Inama Road, the Dane County Sheriff's Office said. Firefighters responded from seven area departments, including Sauk City, Sauk Prairie, Prairie du Sac, Dane-Vienna, Black Earth, Mazomanie and Lodi.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2016 7:15:24 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

One person taken to the hospital after a house fire near Fall Creek

VIDEO: Crews say one person was taken to the hospital after a major house fire near Fall Creek. Firefighters were called to Dewitz Road, in the Town of Washington, before 3 p.m. on Monday. When they arrived, crews say the house was fully engulfed. The home is a total loss. Mark Porter, with Township Fire, said a lawnmower caught on fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 5:43:25 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Police: Man wanted in arson fire at Wausau bar turns himself in

A 38-year-old Wausau man was arrested Monday in an arson fire at the Cabaret Bar, Wausau police said. Tony Patterson Jr. turned himself in without incident, a lieutenant said. Patterson is one of two men that police identified last week as “persons of interest” in the fire. The other was a 32-year-old Wausau man.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 3:11:17 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Second communication system aids Wood County during 911 outage

VIDEO: When the 911 system failed Sunday, Wood County authorities turned to other platforms to keep the public informed. Todd Eckes is the Wisconsin Rapids Captain of Operations Fire Marshall, and he said when situations like what happened over the weekend occur, he turns to a messaging systems called, Nixle to keep the public informed.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 11:50:49 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Chippewa Fire District squabble near conclusion

A dispute between the village of Lake Hallie and four towns over how the Chippewa Fire District is funded is winding toward a conclusion. Besides Lake Hallie, the fire district includes the towns of Hallie, Howard, Lafayette and Wheaton. “The parties reached a settlement at the medication on July 19, 2016.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 4:15:37 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Wedding reception evacuated following carbon monoxide incident in Madison

More than two dozen people were taken to a hospital Saturday night when carbon monoxide poisoning forced the evacuation of a wedding reception on Madison’s East Side, according to the Madison Fire Department. Emergency personnel were called to the indoor soccer club Salon Centinela, 5018 Blazing Star Drive, after someone fainted during a wedding reception there, said Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 3:24:02 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Mount Horeb lumber store sustains as much as $1 million in fire damage

A lumber components store in Mount Horeb suffered as much as $1 in damage after a fire Saturday, the Mount Horeb Fire Chief said. The Mount Horeb Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Brunsell Lumber and Millwork, 1204 E. Lincoln St., just after 4:20 p.m., Craig Brinkmann said. Responding firefighters encountered heavy black smoke throughout the building.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 3:11:22 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Racine Fire Department hosts national conference at Wingspread

Experts from across the country charted the future of firefighting at a landmark national conference held in Racine County last month. The Racine Fire Department in July hosted the Wingspread VI Conference, the sixth national gathering to prepare fire departments for challenges they might face in the next decade.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal Times

15 acres of straw field damaged after fire in Marathon County Sunday

VIDEO: About 15 acres of grass and straw are damaged after a fire Sunday afternoon in Marathon County. The fire was reported around 3:50 p.m. Sunday to an address on the 3600 block of County Rd. Y in the Town of Harrison. Birnamwood Fire Chief Randy Berger told NewsChannel 7 that the fire was getting close to a house and barn.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2016 2:34:20 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire destroys Cross Plains barn, causes $140K in damage, officials say

PHOTO: A barn containing hay and straw caught fire Saturday afternoon in the town of Cross Plains, and collapsed despite the firefighting efforts of seven area departments. In a news release, the Dane County Sheriff's Office said deputies, along with firefighters from Cross Plains, Madison, Mazomanie, Middleton, Arena, Verona and Waunakee, responded to the blaze at 3822 Garfoot Road around 4:52 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2016 1:45:12 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Fire reported at Magnet Billiards & Bar in Oshkosh

Oshkosh emergency crews responded at 6:40 a.m. to a fire at the Magnet Billiards & Bar, 519 N. Main St. There were three fire trucks in the back parking lot at Division and Church Streets, two fire trucks in the front of the building on Main Street, two ambulances and police officers at the scene as of 8:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2016 7:47:08 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Racine dive training helps improve local readiness

PHOTO: The Racine Fire Department and the Racine County Water Rescue Response Team, comprised of area law enforcement members and firefighters, have been participating in dive training sessions this week to gain certification in specific areas of dive rescues. The training began Monday and continues through today near the Fifth Street Boat Launch.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2016 2:21:25 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Onalaska Town Board waiting on Holmen Area Fire Dept. proposed impact fee

The Onalaska Town Board decided to take a wait-and-see plan of action regarding a $100-impact fee proposal for the Holmen Area Fire Department’s capital fund. The board decided at its meeting Tuesday to table an agenda item that would authorize a board representative to negotiate the fee schedule for the proposal.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2016 2:12:42 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

La Crosse: Drug needle pickup may shift from fire department to volunteers

VIDEO: The responsibility for picking up discarded drug needles in La Crosse now lies with the Fire Department, but health agencies are discussing the possibility of a shift. The AIDS Resource Center has a needle exchange program, which works as a harm reduction strategy to prevent disease. Although most of the needles the center gives out make it back, not all are properly disposed-and some are left outside.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2016 5:11:55 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Small Janesville fire could displace two duplex tenants

Two tenants could be displaced after a small duplex fire near Memorial Drive on Thursday morning, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Ruchti said. Something was left cooking on the stove at the upstairs residence at 815 Harding St. before 11 a.m., causing the fire. Firefighters used an extinguisher to put out the flames within about 15 minutes, Ruchti said.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2016 9:49:03 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Milwaukee Home Damaged by Late Night Fire

Three people escaped a house fire unharmed late last night in Milwaukee. The fire was reported to the Milwaukee Fire Department around 11:55 PM in a two-story wood frame house at N 21st Street and W Concordia Avenue. According to fire officials, the fire was located on the second floor of the home.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2016 7:11:15 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Wausau Police: Cabaret bar fire could be arson

Police are investigating an early Thursday morning fire at The Cabaret Bar as a possible arson. Wausau Police Lt. Melinda Pauls said a caller reported flames and the sound of glass shattering at around 5 a.m. Thursday at The Cabaret on Rib Mountain Drive. Pauls said the bar was closed at the time of the fire but a witness saw someone walking near the tavern around the same time, which is one of the reasons investigators are considering the fire to be suspicious.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2016 6:12:21 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Porch fire extinguished at Washington Ave. building in Racine

PHOTO: A portion of Washington Avenue was temporarily shut down Wednesday afternoon after a small porch fire broke out at a multi-family dwelling. The fire was reported at 1:35 p.m. at 1010 Washington Ave., between 10th and Racine streets. That entire section of Washington (Highway 20) was closed for about 30 minutes as the Racine Fire Department battled the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2016 2:35:24 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Beloit Fire Department OT exceeds budget

The Beloit Fire Department has a history of too much overtime and too many unnecessary emergency calls. The Fire Department is projected to spend $320,800 in overtime which is $60,000 more than budgeted but is the approximate total spent each of the last four years, Fire Chief Brad Liggett said. The department spent $320,345 in 2015 overtime and was budgeted $295,000.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2016 7:01:37 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News