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Fond du Lac Fire Dept.: Fire destroys garage, 2 vehicles early Sunday

PHOTO: Fire destroyed a garage and two vehicles in a Fond du lac neighborhood early Sunday, January 8th. Firefighters were dispatched to the location on Cotton St. just before 2:00 a.m. They found a fully-involved detached garage. There were two automobiles destroyed; one inside the garage and one parked next to it.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2017 5:27:32 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Curtis lauded for Beloit firefighting career

The Beloit Fire Department bid one of their own a happy retirement after more than 28 years of service. Assistant Chief Tim Curtis retired Friday after 28 years, four months and four days serving as a firefighter, relief motor pump operator, motor pump operator, fire investigator, paramedic, acting lieutenant, deputy chief and assistant fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2017 1:43:07 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Appleton firefighters battle garage blaze in bitter cold

Appleton Firefighters battled a garage fire in subzero temperatures Thursday. Just before 6 p.m., firefighters were called to 25 Oriole Court. They arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and fire coming from a garage attached to a home. The crews were able to contain the blaze to the garage. The home did sustain some smoke damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2017 6:37:53 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Ashland Fire Department conducts biennial training

Over the next two months, members of the Ashland Fire Department will conduct their biennial paramedic refresher training. “That includes completing a 48-hour refresher course related to our paramedic licensure,” said AFD Captain Scott Thimm. “In addition to the 48 hours of continuing education, we will be doing eight hours of advanced cardiac life support and eight hours of pediatric advanced life support.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2017 2:15:48 AM - SOURCE: Ashland Daily Press

Proposed deal could consolidate Janesville, Milton fire departments

Janesville Fire Chief Randy Banker has no doubt the city eventually will build a new fire station on the north side and add people to staff it. What remains to be seen is if Milton will chip in money and share the station with the Janesville Fire Department. “It's an area of our district where coverage needs to be enhanced,” Banker said.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gazette Extra - Metered Site

Horse dies in barn fire near Brandon

VIDEO: The temperature fluctuated between 0 and -3 degrees Fahrenheit as crews from multiple fire departments battled an engulfed barn just after 4 p.m. on Thursday. Strong westerly winds blew thick black smoke across State 26, a full mile east of the fire scene at N4637 Amity Road. "Dispatch, see if we can get a State Patrol officer to sit on 26 to warn drivers of the smoke," a Fond du Lac County Sheriff deputy said over the scanner on his way to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2017 8:22:28 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Farmer

Assistant La Crosse Fire Chief Warren Thomas retires

VIDEO: The La Crosse Fire Department Station One celebrated Assistant Fire Chief, Warren Thomas' retirement on Thursday. Thomas is retiring after serving the area for 30 years. Chief Thomas says that the La Crosse Fire Department has become his second family and that he's grateful to have served the La Crosse community over the years.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2017 12:38:39 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

No injuries in early morning fire in La Crosse

Investigators with the La Crosse Fire Department are looking into a house fire early Thursday morning. The call came in at around 3:30 a.m. about a fire in the attic of a home on the 400 block of 12th Street North. Firefighters tell News 8 three people and two pets made it out of the house safely. The building owner and the Red Cross were at the scene to help displaced residents.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2017 4:40:51 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

De Pere firefighters share photos of cattle roundup

De Pere firefighters are no “cow”ards. On Dec. 27, the department was called to help free cattle from an overturned truck. This morning, the department posted photos of the roundup on Facebook. Click here to view the full set of photos. The post reads: “Cows rescued from trailer! Contrary to popular belief firefighters don’t just save cats from trees.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2

Man Escapes Fire That Consumed His Car In Greenfield

VIDEO: Jason Kellner is scratching his head and thanking his lucky stars. He was on the interstate Wednesday night when the inside console in his car started smoldering and then it burst into flames. "I opened it up and saw a small flame," Jason Kellner told CBS 58 News. "I tried to pat it out with my jacked, it turned into a bigger flame.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 9:37:13 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Milwaukee firefighters respond to fire at Omega restaurant on city’s south side

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters responded to a fire at the Omega restaurant near 27th and Morgan on the city's south side on Wednesday afternoon, January 4th. The fire was put out -- and the restaurant was closed for the night. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 3:39:15 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

La Crosse Fire Chief Gregg Cleveland to retire in June

La Crosse Fire Chief Gregg Cleveland has announced plans to retire after more than a decade with the city of La Crosse. Cleveland, who has logged more than three decades as a firefighter and chief, will step down in June, according to a statement released Tuesday by Mayor Tim Kabat. Kabat praised Cleveland for his work in getting national accreditation for the fire department, overseeing the merger of building inspections and code enforcement into the department, and helping the department become one of the first in the state to carry an opioid overdose antidote.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: LaCrosse Tribune

Police hope warrant leads to Milwaukee firehouse burglars

VIDEO: Police have obtained a warrant for the records of a phone number they hope will lead to whoever placed a phony 911 call to a Milwaukee fire station so burglars could make their move. The heist happened in the wee hours last September. A caller dialed 911 to report his son was unconscious and he couldn't wake him.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12

Sheboygan Common Council rejects more fire department study

The city has rejected plans to hire a consultant to review staffing shortages and other needs at the local fire department. Members of the Common Council, in a 10-to-5 vote, defeated on Tuesday a resolution that would have allowed the city to hire Missouri-based consulting firm Fitch & Associates, which some city officials had hoped would help them vet fire department funding requests.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Vehicle catches fire, rolls into Madison steakhouse, officials say

Crews responded Tuesday afternoon to reports of a vehicle that was on fire and rolling toward a steakhouse on Madison’s west side, according to a release. The Dane County 911 Center received at least nine calls around 1:30 p.m. reporting a vehicle that was on fire and parked between the AT&T store and Longhorn Steakhouse on Gammon Road, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV News 3

La Crosse Fire Department hopes to find location for new station in 2017

La Crosse's fire chief says finding a location for a new station on the south side is a priority for the new year. Chief Gregg Cleveland says money has already been set aside as part of the city's capital improvement budget to buy land for a new station. The city hasn't built a new fire station since 1967, and an assessment done last year found response times at the southern edge of the city to be lacking.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: news8000

Wood County fire departments respond to 8 fires during "Keep the Wreath Green"

The Wood County Fire Chief’s Association reports area fire departments responded to eight fires from Nov. 26 to Jan. 2. The time frame coincides with area fire department's Keep the Wreath Green campaign. Fire departments in Wood County, along with other departments place a wreath with green colored bulbs on their building and for each fire they respond to a green bulb is replaced with a red bulb.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2017 9:45:01 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Woman, dogs escape Rhinelander fire without injury

A woman and three dogs escaped without injury from a fire in an Oneida County Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called at about 8:30 to Poplar Drive, just off Highway 17 north of Rhinelander. The fire started in the living room and left heat and smoke damage to the home. Firefighters aren't sure what caused the fire, but they say it's nothing suspicious.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2017 9:37:07 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Fire destroys bowling alley in Waukesha

VIDEO: Fire destroyed a bowling alley in Waukesha late Sunday night. Emergency crews were called to Fracaro’s Lanes shortly after 9:00 p.m. The family-owned business is located on the corner of Whiterock Avenue and Moreland Boulevard. The business started as a tavern in 1933, according to its website.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2017 11:07:53 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Red Cross assists 12 after fire at Milwaukee home near 28th and Meinecke

VIDEO: Firefighters on Sunday night, January 1st were on the scene of a house fire near 28th and Meinecke. Officials with the American Red Cross said they were assisting 12 people after this fire. We're told everyone was able to get out safely -- and no injuries were reported. FOX6 News was told there were pets inside this home -- and we watched as officials took a pet snake from the house.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2017 7:38:05 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6