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Wisconsin Fire News

Fire closes Hwy. 47 near Navarino

Firefighters in Shawano County have State Highway 47 closed in both directions between Shady Road and Union Cemetery Road east of Navarino while deal with a burning building, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. The Shawano County Sheriff’s office says the fire is at an engine repair shop. Fire crews were called around 7:00 a.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2016 6:39:56 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Wind Lake volunteer gives back to fire department

Wisconsin Halloweens can be cold and rainy, and 2011 was one of those. But for Jan Clements, a clerical volunteer for Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Department who that day was handing out candy to trick-or-treaters from the department’s ambulance, it was a day filled with joy for how far she’s come. “It was gut-wrenching to be back in the ambulance and to think that the last time I was in here was because of something bad,” Clements said.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2016 2:16:02 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Air Force fire chief pleads guilty

The former chief of fire service for the U.S. Air Force has pleaded guilty to two federal crimes, one for mishandling a defense contract and one for stealing more than $100,000 raised for charity and using it for gambling, vacations and to pay off personal credit cards, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

No injuries reported in Wausau apartment fire

Firefighters responded to an apartment fire Saturday morning in Wausau. The fire was reported at 6:53 a.m. Saturday at the Landmark Building, 221 Scott St., said Wausau Fire Department Battalion Chief Allan Antolik. Damage was contained to a mattress on the third floor of the building and no one was injured, he said.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2016 8:47:46 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Wilson fire department taking shape

Plans to establish a municipal fire department in the Town of Wilson are moving forward bolstered by the decision of the current fire chief to stick with the department during the transition. Fire Chief Brian Schmitt, who initially said he intended to leave the department at the end of December, now says he'll stick around through the end of his term to see how the transition goes.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2016 6:38:04 AM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Building lost in Clintonville fire

VIDEO: For the second time in a little over a month, a building goes up in flames in Clintonville. The fire broke out in the apartments above the China King restaurant on Main St. around 2 am Wednesday morning. Clintonville fire officials say the building is a total loss. No one was hurt in the fire, but five people are now without home and are being assisted by the Rd Cross.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2016 5:52:48 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Fire damages home in Stevens Point

A fire caused extensive damage to a home Tuesday night in Stevens Point. Firefighters were called at about 9 p.m. to a home on College Avenue, according to Stevens Point Fire Chief Bob Finn. Smoke was already pouring from the home when firefighters arrived. No one was hurt in the fire, but the cause of the blaze was still under investigation, Finn said.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 11:18:04 PM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Egg Harbor approves money for new fire truck

Fewer than a dozen residents — six town officials and four private citizens — were present Monday night for the adoption of the Town of Egg Harbor 2017 budget. Next year's $827,371 in spending represents an increase of $89,025 over the amount budgeted for 2016. All but $1,525 of the increase would be allocated toward purchasing a new fire truck within about three years for the joint Egg Harbor Town and Village Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 2:46:51 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Eau Claire Fire Department urges community to help "Keep the Wreath Green"

The Eau Claire Fire Department hopes its holiday season tradition will help to prevent fires in the community. The department announced on Tuesday that it is placing five-foot wreaths in front of its stations. They are decorated with green lights, a symbol of a fire safe community. If a fire in the city causes any structural damage to a home or business between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, the department will replace a green light on the wreath with a red light.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 8:59:37 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Lake Geneva firefigher/EMTs train with ballistic gear

Firefighter/EMTs are used to running toward fire rather than away from it. But one kind of fire they've traditionally not trained for is gunfire. That's changing. With an increase in active-shooter situations, EMTs are now sheathing themselves in the same kind of protection usually seen on SWAT team members.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 1:49:11 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

Hidden Threat: Firefighters face High Cancer Risk

VIDEO: When firefighters run into a burning building it isn't the flames that are most dangerous it's the smoke. The International Fire Association has deemed every house fire a hazardous material incident because of the increasing levels of hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide. “Right now cancer is the number one killer of firefighters in America,” said Curtis Dunn with the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2016 9:35:36 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Crews fight fire at Laona supper club

A fire at a recently opened Forest County supper club closed Highway 8 for hours Monday night. Crews responded to the Silver Lake Inn just west of Laona around 6 p.m. As of 8 p.m. Monday, firefighters were still working to put out the fire in the main restaurant building. Flames were seen coming out of the roof on the east side.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2016 8:33:34 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Off-duty Fond du Lac firefighter comes to aid of crash victim

VIDEO: An off-duty Fond du Lac firefighter was in the right place at the right time, coming to the aid of an injured motorist following a serious car accident on Friday night. Division Chief Troy Haase, with the Fond du Lac Fire Department, was on his way to deer camp with his 18 year old son on Friday night when the two came across an accident on Highway 23 just west of Fond du Lac.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2016 3:38:02 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

As exterior work finishes up, Chippewa Falls fire chief ecstatic about new station

PHOTO: Width-wise, it’s comparable to a medium-sized bathroom. Compared to the three acres of land the Chippewa Falls Fire Department’s new station sits on, that isn’t very much. But the training tower is Chief Mike Hepfler’s favorite place on the whole lot, which is located at 1301 Chippewa Crossing Boulevard.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2016 4:11:56 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Richmond barn fire kills more than 20 sheep

A pole barn fire killed more than 20 sheep and cost $125,000 in damages Friday night. At approximately 9:54 p.m. Darien and Sharon Fire departments responded to a fire at W8694 Kilkinney Road. Additional assistance came from city of Delavan firefighters, according to a Darien Fire Department news release.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2016 4:35:48 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Saturday fire destroys building, sends Superior firefighter to hospital

A Saturday morning fire destroyed a multi-tenant residence at 3420 N. 21st St. and displaced three residents. One firefighter experienced medical difficulties and had to exit the structure, according to a release from Battalion Chief Scott Gordon with the Superior Fire Department. The firefighter was taken by ambulance to St.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2016 1:44:18 AM - SOURCE: Daily Telegram-Superior

Garage attached to Harshaw home catches fire

VIDEO: The home of two elderly residents in Harshaw caught on fire Saturday afternoon. Officials say the fire started somewhere in the garage. Town of Cassian Fire Chief Ed Tadych says the department got the call around 1:19 p.m. Tadych did not say what may have caused the fire, but says the structure on Lakewood Road may be a total loss because of the holes crews had to cut, in order to find the heat.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2016 8:55:21 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

PHOTOS: Madison Fire Dept. welcomes firefighter, National Guard member home

A Madison firefighter returned home Friday from his tour of duty with the Wisconsin Army National Guard, and his colleagues from Madison Fire Department Station 7 were at the airport to welcome him. Wong spent eight months in Baghdad, MFD said. "His families (at home and at the firehouse) are thrilled to have him back.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2016 4:29:13 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Firefighters battle storage facility fire in Little Chute

VIDEO: It took hours, but a storage unit fire in Little Chute was finally brought under control. Nobody was hurt as a building at Apple Storage on Sanatorium road in Little Chute caught fire last night. The Little Chute, Kimberly, And Combined Locks fire departments all responded to smoke and flames that were in several units in the back end of the the storage complex.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2016 8:26:35 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

South Milwaukee Fire Displaces Three Families

The Red Cross is assisting 3 families following an apartment fire in South Milwaukee overnight. According to the South Milwaukee Fire Department, ten people were displaced by the 11:30 PM fire. The fire started in a kitchen in one of the units in the multi-family home at 13th and Manistique Avenues. The fire then extended into the attic of the building.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2016 4:01:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee