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Wisconsin Fire News

New Germantown Ordinance Could Save Firefighter Lives

VIDEO: A new ordinance in Germantown is aimed at saving firefighter lives. The new rules require buildings with lightweight roofs and floors, which are more prone to collapse, to post signs. It’s a requirement for commercial, industrial and three or more unit buildings. “I am confident that this, these markings, is gonna save firefighter lives,” said Germantown Fire Chief Gary Weiss.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2016 9:10:24 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Poynette woman faces arson charge in shed fire

The fire and the damage were not in question, but attorneys argued Thursday morning over whether it was a case of felony arson or just a bad idea that got out of hand, with up to 40 years in prison being the difference. Kimberly Schmudlach, 48, of Poynette, appeared before Judge Todd Hepler for a preliminary hearing, charged with felony arson and misdemeanor neglect of a child.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2016 6:51:03 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Fire at Ebert Enterprises near Algoma

Firefighters from as far north as Sturgeon Bay and as far south as Mishicot were on the scene of a barn fire at Ebert Enterprises, a large farm near Algoma, on Thursday afternoon. The fire in a barn filled with straw was threatening other structures on the farm, which is the site of the 2017 Farm Technology Days, including the homestead and at least one other building at N6939 County D in the town of Pierce.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2016 2:48:19 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Firefighters to honor fallen heroes at Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial

Firefighters from across Wisconsin will gather Saturday to honor two men and one woman who gave their lives in service to their communities during the past year. The firefighters gather at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial, in Wisconsin Rapids' Ben Hansen Park, each year to recognize all those who have given their lives in the line of duty and to pay special tribute to those who have died during the past year.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2016 2:38:55 PM - SOURCE: Marshfield News-Herald

Fire causes $100,000 in damage to east Madison home

PHOTO: The Madison Fire Department says two people and seven animals are displaced from their home after a fire caused approximately $100,000 worth of damage. Neighbors noticed the house, on Madison's east side in the 5600 block of Rustic Woods Drive, on fire around 10:45 a.m. and called 911. First responders reported that the garage was fully engulfed in flames, and extended approximately 15-20 feet from the garage's west wall.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2016 7:43:11 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Beloit man injured Wednesday in industrial accident

A Beloit man suffered a serious leg injury after his leg got caught between a 700-pound pipe and a scrap-grinding machine Wednesday night at a Janesville business. Firefighters and police responded at 11:45 p.m. to the industrial accident at North American Pipe, 210 S. Arch St., said Lt. Charles Aagaard of the Janesville Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2016 4:58:50 AM - SOURCE: Walworth County Today

Evansville firefighters battle downtown restaurant & bar fire

VIDEO: Firefighters spent a few hours battling a fire at a downtown Evansville business late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The Evansville Fire Department was called to Night Owl Food and Spirits around 10:00 p.m. They needed help from more than a dozen other agencies. There were no injuries in the fire, but it took about three hours for fire crews to put the fire out.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2016 2:00:21 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Follow Up: Uncapped gas line, homeowner error blamed for Fitchburg house explosion

The cause of a massive explosion last month in Fitchburg that leveled a home and scattered debris over a half-mile radius, severely damaging several other homes, may be tied to two mistakes made five years apart. Madison-based attorney Dan Rottier said the first oversight occurred in 2011 when his client, Cheryl Drive homeowner Brian Grittner, had his gas-powered dryer replaced with an electric one, and the dryer installer failed to cap the gas line during the job, Rottier told 27 News on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2016 4:17:05 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

Dousman proposes merging fire, ambulance service with Oconomowoc

In an effort to cut costs once a fire and ambulance agreement expires next year, the Dousman Fire District has proposed merging with the Oconomowoc Fire Department to create a new district that it says will save the communities it covers $2.3 million over 20 years. Officials from the Dousman Fire District shared a proposal with the Oconomowoc Common Council on Tuesday night to create the Western Lakes Fire District by next year.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2016 1:57:29 AM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Body found in home after fire near Antigo

VIDEO: Authorities are investigating after a deadly house fire near Antigo. The Langlade County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call last night about a barn on fire. When firefighters and deputies arrived on the scene they found both the barn and a house engulfed in flames. After the fire was put out, a body was discovered inside the home.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2016 9:11:47 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Beaver Dam Police/Fire Commission revise budget requests

Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission made some changes to the departments' general outlay requests that include cutting fitness equipment, IT infrastructure and a water rescue dummy. Budgets and outlay request are subject to change in the coming weeks. Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger said the radio system upgrades are getting the cut from this budget because the common council already approved the funding this year.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2016 6:58:55 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Two boaters rescued from French Island spillway

Rescuers pulled two boaters and a dog to safety Sunday evening from the French Island spillway, according to the Campbell Fire Department. A 16-foot boat was pinned against the dam on the south end of Lake Onalaska, and it was danger of going over the spillway about 6 p.m. Firefighters in a rescue boat extended a line to the boaters and pulled the boat from the spillway’s current.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2016 2:05:15 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Kenosha City Council moves forward with plan for super fire station

The Kenosha City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday to borrow more than $4.7 million from the federal government to help finance a midtown “super fire station.” The loan will be paid back over a 20-year period with the use of Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, at about $250,000 a year.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2016 1:41:56 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Waukesha County bus yard fire ruled arson

VIDEO: The fire that destroyed a school bus barn and dozens of buses near Waukesha is now considered arson. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined in the investigation Monday. Sources say the damage will be in the millions of dollars. Cell phone video shows explosions from Sunday's fire at the Dousman Transport school bus yard.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2016 9:30:44 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Lafayette salvage and recycling business a total loss after weekend fire

A machine shop in the town of Lafayette was declared a total loss by a fire official after a Saturday morning fire. The shop at 16978 40th Ave. is owned by Jeff Lyberg, and is part of a salvage and recycling business, according to the Chippewa Fire District, which responded to the fire at 7:50 a.m. The fire was visible from County Highway P and 30th Avenue in the Village of Lake Hallie and was spotted by a Fire District ambulance returning from an assignment.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2016 4:32:03 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Fire destroys dozens of school buses at Waukesha County lot

PHOTO: A massive fire has destroyed dozens of buses at a school bus transportation company in Waukesha County. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Office says more than 30 school buses and a bus barn were destroyed in Sunday's fire at a terminal of Dousman Transport in Hartland. Hartland Fire Division Chief Dave Jambretz says he is not aware of any injuries.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2016 2:26:19 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Lucky Kitten Rescued From Sheboygan Sewer

VIDEO: A very lucky kitten is safe after Sheboygan fire fighters pulled it from a sewer last night. Dispatch got a call from a resident around 7:45 pm Sunday night about meowing coming from a storm drain on 30th Street and North Avenue. Fire fighters from Station 4 responded to the call, and popped off the grate to have a look.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2016 1:55:46 AM - SOURCE: WBFM-FM B93.7

Memorial service honors fallen firefighters in Eau Claire

VIDEO: You may not see them every day, but the many faces behind the firefighter uniform stand ready to help protect the community. Sunday, a memorial service was held at Florian Gardens in Eau Claire, and across the nation, for those that unfortunately were unable to make it home safely from the job.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2016 9:24:52 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Milwaukee firefighter injured while battling house fire near 36th and Burnham

VIDEO: A Milwaukee firefighter suffered a knee injury while fighting a house fire on Milwaukee's south side on Friday morning, September 30th. Fire officials say they were dispatched to the house near 36th and Burnham around 6:25 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, intense flames were seen pouring from the attic of the structure.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2016 7:32:13 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Change in dispatching of Monona Fire Department tabled

While Monona City Council members appeared to be in favor of a proposal to shift the dispatching of local firefighters from Monona to Dane County, they were lacking a formal resolution to adopt when they met Sept. 19. Instead, one will be drawn up and presented to them when the council meets at 7:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2016 7:01:33 AM - SOURCE: Monona / Cottage Grove Herald Independent