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Fire destroys Gilman bowling alley & restaurant

VIDEO: A popular Gilman business went up in flames Thursday afternoon. Pirate's Cove, which was formerly known as the Gilman Bowl, caught fire just after 1:30 PM Thursday. Witnesses say it appeared as though the fire started in the basement and quickly spread throughout the building. Firefighters from Gilman and six nearby towns fought the flames all afternoon, but the business appears to be a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2016 2:29:43 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Wayside volunteer firefighters put out shed fire

Nobody was hurt, but a shed is a total loss after catching fire this afternoon. The abandoned workshop caught fire just after 4 in the afternoon. Several nearby fire departments responded to the call for assistance at 7808 Dickinson Road in the town of Morrison. They were able to extinguish the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 10:16:48 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Milwaukee firefighters called out to conveyor belt fire at Veolia facility

Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department on Wednesday afternoon, August 31st were called out to a fire at the Veolia facility on Jones Street near Lincoln Memorial Drive in Milwaukee. It happened around 3:00 p.m. Officials say the fire took place in an overheated conveyor belt motor, causing the conveyor belt to catch on fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 8:53:43 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Clintonville looks to tackle debt; Cuts rescue-pumper from budget

The Finance Committee for the city of Clintonville has recently held two special meetings to discuss the future path the city takes regarding the city’s capital improvement projects and city debt. The meetings come on the heels of the city’s debt dominating the discussion at several meetings over the past couple months.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 12:13:42 PM - SOURCE: Waupaca Now

Custodian mistakenly mixes toxic chemicals at Madison Department of Corrections building

A facility custodian accidentally mixed a toxic combination of chemicals at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections building on Tuesday. The Madison Fire Department says they responded to a report of a chemical spill at about 5:30 p.m. at the DOC building at 3099 East Washington Ave. Paramedics were added to the call when the Dane County 911 Communications Center learned somebody in the building was having trouble breathing.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 10:45:53 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Mother, two children lose Wisconsin Rapids home in fire

A fire forced a mother and her two children from their rental home on Sampson Street Monday evening, according to a fire department captain. The woman arrived home to find everything black and smoke that burned her eyes in her residence in the 2500 block of Sampson Street, according to records. She called for firefighters at 6:49 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 5:57:11 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Superior Fire Department pays respects to fallen firefighters killed Saturday

The Superior Fire Department joined several Minnesota fire departments and law enforcement agencies Tuesday to pay tribute to two Michigan firefighters killed in a crash Saturday in Blaine, Minn. James Shelifoe, 23, and Alan Swartz, 25, of Baraga, Mich., were among firefighters headed to Utah to fight a wildfire when they were killed Saturday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 2:25:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Telegram-Superior

Fire destroys Quality Painters building in Chilton

Firefighters battled a business fire in Chilton. The fire chief confirms the Quality Painters Inc. building on Clay Street was destroyed. No one was killed or injured. The cause of the fire isn’t immediately known and is under investigation. At the building owner’s request, Chief Gary Halbach said, he won’t make any more information public at this time.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2016 4:43:31 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Sun Prairie apartment fire displaces eight families

Sun Prairie and Madison emergency personnel responded Aug. 29 to a fire at a City of Sun Prairie apartment building that displaced eight families and caused at estimated $100,000 in damages. Fire Chief Chris Garrison said at 9:05 p.m., the Sun Prairie Fire Department responded to a structure fire on the 600 block of Schiller Street.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2016 7:23:36 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Officials: Crew was working near site of Fitchburg home explosion

The cause is still unknown, but fire officials confirm an unknown crew had been working near a home in Fitchburg just days before it exploded. Fitchburg Fire Chief Joe Pulvermacher tells 27 News that investigators are trying to determine who this crew works for and also the kind of work they were doing.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2016 4:40:41 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Update: Fitchburg house explosion: MGE says no evidence of a leak or underground explosion

At least five households, including a man who was taken to a hospital in critical condition, were displaced by a Fitchburg house explosion Thursday night. On Friday morning representatives from local, state and federal agencies were continuing to investigate the explosion, the Fitchburg police and fire departments said in a joint statement at about 9:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: chippewa.com

Two Injured and Pets Die after Multiple Fires in Fond du Lac

On Friday August 26 at 4:20 PM Fond du Lac firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from the house at 142 Central Avenue. Upon arrival crews encountered heavy fire conditions inside the home which was unoccupied at the time the fire was reported. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire but not before it caused severe damage to the structure and its contents.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2016 3:33:27 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Appleton apartment complex damaged by fire

An Appleton apartment complex was damaged by an early morning fire on Saturday. The Appleton Fire Department says its crews arrived at 5:58 a.m. to the 500 block of East Winnebago Street and found smoke and flames coming from the first floor entryway of the two-story complex. A neighbor called 911 and helped firefighters put out the flames using an extinguisher.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2016 10:33:33 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Appleton firefighters raise nearly $20,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Appleton firefighters have raised $19,858 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through their annual “Fill the Boot” campaign. The Appleton Firefighters Union Local 257 raised the money with the help of the community. The “Fill the Boot” campaign is a national effort in which firefighters hit the streets and storefronts to collect donations for the MDA.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2016 10:33:33 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Explosion destroys Fitchburg home; owner critically injured

An explosion Thursday evening in Fitchburg destroyed a single-family home, displaced neighbors and sent one man to the hospital. The 57-year-old homeowner was conscious when he was taken to a hospital with significant injuries, authorities said. He was in critical condition Thursday night, Fitchburg Fire Chief Joe Pulvermacher said.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2016 4:12:38 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

New Fire Chief Menches hits the ground running with Holmen Fire

Even before he was officially signed on, Paul Menches hit the ground running as the new fire chief for the Holmen Area Fire Department. Menches officially became the new fire chief at the Holmen Area Fire District Association board’s Aug. 18 meeting. The board announced it selected Menches as the department’s new chief at a press conference on July 13.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2016 2:16:50 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Somers fire severely damages home

PHOTO: Fire killed two dogs and displaced residents of a home in the village Thursday night. Firefighters who arrived at the scene saw smoke pouring from a second story window as they arrived to fight the blaze at the split level home at 7716 38th St., according to Somers Fire Chief Carson Wilkinson.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2016 1:42:43 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Fire Chief Mlnarik takes job in Bellevue

After 14 months on the job, chief Jack Mlnarik is leaving the Oregon Area Fire/EMS District. Mlnarik told the Observer Monday that his last day would be Sept. 14. He’s accepted an offer to become fire chief in the Village of Bellevue, a community of about 15,000 near Green Bay. Mlnarik told the Observer that Bellevue is his wife’s hometown, and the couple has always been interested in living and working there.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2016 12:02:47 AM - SOURCE: Fitchburg Star

Crews rescue woman from Pewit's Nest

PHOTO: Park officials are looking at ways to prevent injuries at a state natural area near Baraboo after a fall there Thursday marked the third injury in a week. A rope rescue crew was called to Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area around 1 p.m. after a 20-year-old female from Appleton injured herself on the rocks inside the water-filled gorge.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2016 6:42:48 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Unique Milwaukee Firefighter Training at the WE Energies Plant

VIDEO: The Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) is a special team from the Milwaukee Fire Department. Members from HURT carried out a training session at WE Energies Thursday (Aug. 25). They are the part of the team that helped find three missing teenagers who were rescued in an old mine out in Dodge County last month.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2016 6:35:17 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

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