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Family of five homeless after fire guts Portage home

A house on East Conant Street near downtown Portage was gutted by fire Tuesday morning, sending up a plume of smoke visible from blocks away and leaving a family of five without a home. “I thought, ‘What the hell is he hollering about?’” said neighbor Kim Kelly, who was in her living room at the time.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 9:52:37 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Milwaukee firefighters respond to house fire; Fire Department squad involved in crash

Firefighters on Tuesday evening, February 14th responded to a fire at a home near Fond du Lac and Mill. It happened around 6:00 p.m. Crews found fire on the home’s second floor. FOX6 News was told one person was hurt after she jumped from a second-story window. She was taken to the hospital with an ankle injury.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 5:57:26 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Jacksonport fire station renovation planned

Requests for bids for construction of additions to the Jacksonport Town Hall and Fire Department were released to contractors after Town Board approval of final plans for the project last week. Town Chairman Randy Halstead said the plans include erecting a new town office and meeting space in an area now used for parking on the east side of the present structure, located on Door County Highway V — a block west of State Highway 57.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 11:55:03 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Follow Up: Cost may affect choice of new Eau Claire fire station

The intersection of Birch Street and Malden Avenue remains Eau Claire fire chief Chris Bell’s preferred site for a new fire station, but whether the city can afford that location compared with two others remains uncertain. Bell told the Eau Claire City Council on Monday that the Birch-?Malden site is best because of its 5.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 3:34:54 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Arson fire displaces Milwaukee family, police looking for answers

William Libby was devastated at the sight of his home Friday afternoon. The side of his house was burned by fire. "We lost everything," he said. "We have but the clothes on our back." To make matters worse, he said his prized possessions were stolen before someone set the home ablaze. He collected comic books, video games and systems.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 9:52:44 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Wisconsin fire officials ask Gov. Walker to adopt proposed safety measures

Wisconsin fire officials are asking Gov. Scott Walker's administration to expand the use of circuit interrupters in newly built homes, a step they say would prevent fires and save lives. The request comes from recommendations made last year by an advisory committee of experts. The state Department of Safety and Professional Services initially opted not to adopt that recommendation, but has not taken final action on the matter.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 8:17:37 PM - SOURCE: Madison.com

5 rescued from Greenfield apartment complex fire; no one injured

VIDEO: Greenfield firefighters on Monday morning, February 13th responded to the scene of a fire at an apartment complex near 100th and Oklahoma. The call came in around 6:30 a.m. When crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy smoke coming from the building. Officials say five people had to be rescued from a second story apartment.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 5:21:49 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fire destroys apartment building in Onalaska

Firefighters spent Saturday afternoon battling a stubborn blaze that destroyed an eight-unit apartment building in the 600 block of 13th Avenue South in Onalaska. Streets were closed and electricity temporarily shut off around 13th Avenue South and Green Bay Street, and the Onalaska Fire Department called the Campbell Fire Department for help with the fire, which was reported shortly after noon.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 1:44:13 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

FBI investigates Milwaukee Fire Department Station 29; officials remain tight-lipped

VIDEO: The Milwaukee Division of the FBI has announced an investigation into Milwaukee Fire Department Station 29 on the city's south side. As a result of this, MFD officials are launching their own investigation -- looking into any possible employee misconduct. Officials are remaining very tight-lipped as to the circumstances surrounding the investigation -- leaving many with more questions than answers.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX 6 Now

Dane County departments train for drone rescues

The way emergency responders search for missing persons is changing in Dane County. "In the past, traditional search, methods would be where they line up to do a grid search," says Middleton firefighter Josh Larson. But Middleton Fire Department wants to be ahead of the curve when it comes to locating missing persons.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2017 9:48:31 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

“He was very dedicated:” Memorial service held for Waldo firefighter killed in rollover crash

VIDEO: Fire departments from across Wisconsin are remembering one of their own. Waldo volunteer firefighter, Ryan Moyer, died one week ago in a single-car accident. Two other members of the Waldo department were injured. The streets surrounding Blessed Trinity Parish were packed with fire trucks as firefighters throughout Wisconsin mourned the loss of Moyer.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2017 2:33:40 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

New Eau Claire fire station delayed by land purchase negotiations

Ongoing negotiations regarding the purchase of property that would be home to a new Eau Claire fire station have delayed the proposed timeline for that project. City officials continue to negotiate the possible purchase of two adjacent lots at the intersection of Birch Street and Malden Avenue on Eau Claire’s north side.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2017 2:13:31 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Firefighter hurt battling Kewaskum apartment building fire

A firefighter was hurt Friday night while battling a fire in an apartment building in Kewaskum. The Kewaskum Fire Department was called to the eight-unit building at 222 Brantz Drive just after 7:30 p.m. Friday. Heavy smoke and fire was coming from the second floor of the northeast corner of the building.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2017 5:43:48 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Thick smoke, zero visibility for firefighters battling Georgia Pacific fire in Green Bay

VIDEO: A forklift overheated and caught fire at the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill early Friday morning. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department was called to the mill on Broadway Street at about 2 a.m. The fire broke out in a paper storage area, where bales of scrap paper and cardboard caught fire. Firefighters encountered thick smoke, and had zero visibility at times while battling the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2017 3:10:15 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Fire destroys iconic former music club in Milwaukee

VIDEO: Firefighters spent just more than an hour battling flames at a vacant building at 2612 W. State St. on Thursday evening. The two-alarm fire gutted what once was the State Theater (1915-1955) and eventually a well-known music club where several big names started their careers in the late 70s and early 80s.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12

Meeting held for Altoona fire chief position

VIDEO: The Altoona City Council met to discuss the plans moving forward in hiring its first full-time fire chief including the wage for the position on Thursday. Originally, the starting salary for the position was between $48,000 and $60,000 a year, but now the median salary for the job will be $67,000 according to the city administrator.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 8:03:11 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Town of Ottawa OKs Western Lakes Fire District

Western Lakes Fire District — Lake Country’s newest and one of its largest consolidated fire and emergency medical response departments — will begin operations March 2. However, Ottawa, Oconomowoc, Summit and Dousman — the four presumed "owners" of the new, consolidated department — are already reaping the benefits of the consolidation of the Dousman Fire District and Oconomowoc Fire Department, according to Ottawa Town Chairman Richard Arrowood.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 1:06:29 PM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

First responders rescue man who fell in east Madison pit

First responders helped rescue a man who was injured when he fell into a pit with a concrete floor on Madison's east side Wednesday night. The Madison Fire Department said crews responded to a report of a man in his 60s who fell into a 6-foot by 8-foot pit in the 2700 block of South Stoughton Road at 11:13 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 9:07:13 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Firefighters from multiple departments battle blaze at barn in Sheboygan County

VIDEO: Officials on Thursday morning, February 9th were on the scene of a barn fire in Sheboygan County. The call came in around 3:11 a.m. According to authorities, the Sheboygan County Joint Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting flames and smoke visible on Smies Road, west of State Highway 32, in the Town of Holland.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 6:42:43 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Wisconsin moves towards self-insurance system for state employee health care

Wisconsin may soon be heading into the health insurance business. The state’s Group Insurance Board on Wednesday approved a plan that would alter the way the state provides health insurance for its employees, moving to a self-insured model where the state pays for medical bills directly instead of paying premiums to private health insurance companies.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 4:11:59 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald