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Wisconsin Fire News

Police investigate fatal house fire in Princeton

Authorities are still trying to identify a person who died early Monday morning in what they call a suspicious house fire in Green Lake County. The Princeton Fire and Police departments, along with the Green Lake County Sheriff's Office, responded to a report of a house fire at 12:50 a.m. Monday in the 100 block of South Farmer Street in Princeton, according to a police department news release.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2017 8:46:24 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Outdoor burning suspected as cause of fire at rural Milton home

A rural Milton home is a total loss after a fire Sunday afternoon, Milton Fire Chief Chris Lukas said. Homeowner Walter Isaacson at 3:50 p.m. Sunday reported the fire at 7207 E. Bowers Lake Road to the Rock County Communications Center, Lukas said. Isaacson and his wife were out of the house when firefighters arrived, but two of the family cats still had not been found, Lukas said.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2017 8:22:31 PM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Police investigate if Baraboo arson suspect is tied to other fires

VIDEO: Baraboo police have arrested 42-year-old Timothy Larsen on arson charges in connection to a house fire on Sept. 2 in the 500 block of 6th Avenue. A family had recently moved out, so the home was vacant at the time of the fire. When police officers arrived on the scene of the fire, they didn’t have to go far to find the man who would eventually become their suspect.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2017 4:47:15 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Merrill Fire Department gets new brush truck

When firefighters head to a fire, they need to park the red truck before it can spray water. Merrill Fire Department's newest truck can drive and fight fire at the same time. The fire department's new brush truck will be in service soon. It has been 20 years since they've had a new one. Firefighters can fight brush fires using a joystick system, much like the ones used for video games.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2017 3:44:26 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Shullsburg Chief suspends use of fire trucks for basketball team escorts after complaints

VIDEO: Noise complaints after the Shullsburg boys basketball team was escorted into the city after making it into the state basketball tournament are prompting the Shullsburg Fire Department to suspend the use of fire trucks for such purposes. The team was escorted back into Shullsburg after advancing to the state semifinals.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2017 2:33:30 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Tomah apartment fire displaces 36 residents

Thirty-six people were displaced after an early Saturday morning fire damaged an apartment unit in Tomah. Tomah Fire Chief Tim Adler said everyone was safely evacuated from the fire that caused severe damage to the 16-unit apartment on Murdock Street. Adler said 41 firefighters from Tomah, the Oakdale Fire Department and Fort McCoy battled the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2017 4:24:05 AM - SOURCE: Tomah Journal

Two Blair-Preston firefighters being honored for heroic actions

VIDEO: No one expects it to happen to them, but unfortunately, sometimes homes start on fire. Many times, the only hope is getting everyone out alive. For one family from Blair, that has never been more true. Firefighters Justin Huseboe and Steve Osborn are being called heroes after saving the lives of four children stuck inside a burning house at 312 Immell Street in Blair on March 15, 2016.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2017 4:39:45 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Town of Oneida barn fire kills several cattle

VIDEO: A farm family is looking for answers after fire tore through one of their dairy barns Saturday night, killing several animals. No people were injured in the blaze, but that barn is considered a total loss. The Sprangers Family Dairy is located in the Town of Oneida, near the intersection of Bain Road and McCabe Road.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2017 1:43:19 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Car collides with Randolph fire truck on way to fire

A Randolph Fire Department truck was struck by a Ford Fiesta Friday morning while the truck was responding to a fire on Highway 33. The collision took place at the intersection of Pleasant Road and Highway P. Randolph fire chief Bruce Miller said neither of the firefighters in the truck was injured. “The driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” Miller said.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2017 6:16:08 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Flight for Life Called after Person Falls Off Glenbeulah Fire Truck

Flight for Life was called to the Glenbeulah Fire Department in Sheboygan County Wednesday evening. According to the fire chief someone fell off a truck at the fire department. It is unknown if that person is a firefighter and the current condition of the person is unknown.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2017 6:38:57 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

McFarland firefighters climb to tackle lung disease

Five members of the McFarland Fire Department are preparing to climb more than 1,000 stairs while wearing full turnout gear. The quintet will walk up the stairs at the U.S. Bank Building in Milwaukee on March 18 as part of the Fight for Air Climb to raise funds and awareness for the American Lung Association.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2017 2:09:39 AM - SOURCE: McFarland Thistle

Larger fire station may be in Wheatland’s future

The need for a larger fire station in Wheatland was discussed at the Town Board meeting Monday in an effort to begin long-range facility planning. “We have outgrown the existing building,” Fire Chief Lou Denko said. Denko said the station houses five trucks and the all-terrain vehicle used to fight grass fires.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2017 2:06:45 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Madison Fire Department: Cancer a silent killer for firefighters

When firefighters report to duty every day, they know they're putting their lives on the line, but besides smoke and flames, there's a silent killer lurking: Cancer. According to recent studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, firefighters are more likely than the general population to be diagnosed with or die from cancer.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2017 8:38:45 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Earliest documented tornado to hit La Crosse County caused damage Monday

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado hit La Crosse County Monday night, the earliest recorded instance of a tornado in western Wisconsin. The F-1 twister, with winds of 100 to 110 mph, touched down near Barre Mills about 8:45 p.m. and traveled about 3 miles to the northeast, lifting up south of West Salem, according to the Weather Service.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2017 3:13:38 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

South Shore Fire Department crews battle fire at Affordable Tree Care

Crews spent hours Wednesday battling a fire that started in a wood pile at Affordable Tree Care, 3201 Highway H. The fire, which was reported about 12:30 p.m., spread from the wood pile onto parkland and up to the railroad tracks, said Mark Pierce, South Shore Fire Department division chief. A box alarm was called, bringing in additional crews from Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee counties.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2017 2:14:46 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Multiple crews respond to Ellington house fire

VIDEO: More than 15 fire departments fought a fire at a single-family home Wednesday afternoon. Authorities were called to the 3000 block of Sunset Lane shortly after 3 p.m. Residents of the home reported the fire, which heavily damaged the residence. "They had gotten home from work or from town, and that's when they noticed the fire," said Ellington Fire Department Chief Jim Bentle.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2017 1:42:24 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Baileys Harbor home total loss in fire

A home near Baileys Harbor was consumed by fire Wednesday night as strong winds fed the flames while firefighters from throughout northern Door County worked to contain the blaze. The home is a "total loss," said Baileys Harbor Assistant Fire Chief Eric Peil. Fire crews were on the scene until 2:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 9:12:50 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

No injuries in Eau Claire County wildfire

VIDEO: Fire crews are investigating what sparked a wild fire in Eau Claire County. The fire was called in at around 3 p.m. Wednesday on County Road GG in Augusta. Officials have told WEAU 13 News they're still knocking down the fire and believe it's burning about 10 to 20 acres. The forestry team leader says with the windy conditions and low humidity more fire-activities are starting to pick-up.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 5:31:01 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Christiana home, shed destroyed by fire

Firefighters from several fire departments were called to the scene of a fire Wednesday morning in the town of Christiana. Firefighters were called at 9:30 a.m. to 2185 Clear View Road after a neighbor spotted the fire. Firefighters from from Fort Atkinson, McFarland, Edgerton, Stoughton, Deerfield and Cambridge were called to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 9:14:27 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Village, city of Pewaukee agree to tentative fire and EMS contract

After a three-year stalemate, the village has agreed on a number with the city of Pewaukee for a tentative new fire and emergency medical services (EMS) contract. That number is $1.361 million for a five-year contract, which includes a 3-percent increase yearly and an opt-out clause after 18 months. Administrative and inspection fees are also included in the contract number.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 3:04:46 AM - SOURCE: Lake Country News