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Deadly Fire kills one in Sheboygan, leaving more than 40 people without a home

VIDEO: Fire fighters responded to the Embers apartment complex early Sunday morning at 4:18 to a blaze on South Business Drive in Sheboygan, a fire that killed one adult, no further details have been released. It took fire fighters around thirty minutes to get the fire under control, although they battled spot fires well into Sunday morning.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2016 9:47:03 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Early Morning Sheboygan Fire Under Investigation

VIDEO: Sheboygan fire firefighters are on the scene of an early morning fire. Crews were dispatched to the area of 8th and Oakland around 1:20 Friday morning for a report of multiple buildings on fire. A shed in the alleyway could be seen fully engulfed in flames, and firefighters were on scene for about 2 hours knocking the fire down, and then breaking through the roof to put out some hot spots inside the building.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2016 5:52:21 AM - SOURCE: WBFM-FM B93.7

Two-year-old injured in Lake Holcombe fire

A 2-year-old child was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital after suffering injuries in a fire Thursday morning in the town of Lake Holcombe. The child, whose identity has not been released, was pulled from a burning apartment by Cornell firefighters. No condition report is available. According to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, a fire in a second-story apartment at 27475 262nd Ave.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2016 2:12:51 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Bell sworn in as new Eau Claire Fire Chief

VIDEO: The City of Eau Claire is welcoming its new fire chief and he is no stranger to the city. Chris Bell took the oath Thursday at a small ceremony at fire station 2. Bell was joined by his wife and three kids who helped the new fire chief put on his new badge and hardware. Bell is a 19-year veteran of the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2016 5:34:57 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

One person hospitalized after Eau Claire house fire

VIDEO: One person is in the hospital after a fire broke out inside an Eau Claire house early Thursday morning. Crews were called to the scene at 2222 Gooder Street just before 1 a.m. When they arrived, flames were visible from the back of the house, along with heavy smoke. One person is being treated for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2016 6:12:38 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Two homes damaged following early morning fire in Milwaukee

VIDEO: Firefighters were called out to the scene of two house fires in the Sherman Park neighborhood early Thursday morning, August 18th. Crews responded to the area of 33rd and Hadley around 5 a.m. FOX6 News is told the fire broke out in a vacant home -- and then spread to a home with four occupants.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2016 4:51:51 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fire Departments Across Wisconsin Searching for Volunteer Firefighters

AUDIO: America needs firefighters, especially the ones willing to volunteer. And Wisconsin is no exception. Some communities here have long relied on volunteer fire fighters for financial reasons, but are now falling short. A legislative council study committee has formed to address the problem. In the meantime, fire departments are doing what they can to make sure they’re able to respond to emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2016 4:32:25 AM - SOURCE: WUWM-FM Milwaukee Public Radio

Milwaukee property damage from unrest could reach millions

The latest on violence in Milwaukee following the shooting of a black man by a police officer (all times local): 11 a.m. Federal officials say the cost of damage to eight businesses that were burned during violence in a north side Milwaukee neighborhood could exceed several million dollars. A team of special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the fires that destroyed or damaged a BP gas station, an auto parts store, a bank, a beauty supply shop, a grocery store and three liquor stores on Saturday and Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2016 3:41:44 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

2 injured by fallen tree on Capitol Square in Madison

A falling tree struck and injured two people Tuesday evening on the Capitol Square, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department. Firefighters were called to Carroll Street at West Washington Avenue at 6:28 p.m. Witnessed said two men were walking in the area, when the tree suddenly snapped and fell on them.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2016 9:09:20 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire destroys business in Dale

VIDEO: A family owned business is destroyed this morning after a fire in Outagamie county. The fire broke out around 2:30 A.M. at Valley Snowmobile & Powersports in the town of Dale. When firefighters arrived the building was fully engulfed and the roof caved in. The house nearby was untouched and no one was injured.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2016 6:12:58 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Over 50 cats removed from home in Monroe

VIDEO: Monroe police and fire officials removed over 50 cats from a home in Monroe Monday. Police officials say they were called about the home last week with complaints of an odor coming from the home on the 1100 block of 19th Street. After investigating, officials found the smell came from an excessive amount of cats being kept in the home.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2016 3:35:25 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Kansasville Fire buys first new ambulance

With patient transport times to area hospitals taking anywhere from 20 to 25 minutes, having a reliable ambulance is crucial for the Kansasville Fire and Rescue Department. And for the first time since it began providing ambulance service in 2007, the department is in the training process so it can utilize its first new ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2016 2:54:00 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Five vie to be Kenosha fire chief

Five people will be interviewed later this month for the Kenosha Fire Department’s chief position. The city received 13 applicants for the job, narrowing it to five for interviews scheduled for Aug. 31. On Sept. 22, the candidates are scheduled to go through a second assessment with an outside agency helping with the job search, said LaVetta Buckley-Hunter, city deputy director of human resources.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2016 1:43:41 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Fire destroys shed at a Marathon County farm

Fire destroyed a large shed Monday in the Town of Hamburg. The shed collapsed at Double P Dairy about an hour after the fire started. Traffic was reduced to one lane on County Road A, as crews fought the blaze. Firefighters say the owners of the farm were not at the scene when the fire started. Five different fire departments responded to the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2016 9:39:17 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Fond du Lac fire fundraise for muscular dystrophy

You may have seen them: on Thursday and Friday, a procession of firefighters braved rain in their annual Fill the Boot fundraiser, to help combat Muscular Dystrophy. More than 20 members of the Fond du Lac Fire Department Local 400 fanned out across downtown to collect donations from passing cars and pedestrians.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2016 7:50:46 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Fire damages two homes on Milwaukee's northwest side

PHOTO: An early-morning fire damaged two homes in Milwaukee's Uptown neighborhood on the northwest side. It's unclear whether the fire, reported at around 4 a.m. Tuesday at 50th and Wright, is related to the recent spate of violence in the adjacent Sherman Park neighborhood. An official with the fire department said flames were shooting from a vacant home when they arrived.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Hay, shed lost in overnight blaze in Gillett

An overnight fire destroyed a shed and about 1,000 bales of hay. Firefighters from five area departments responded to the fire, which was still smoldering after sunrise Monday. It was called in about midnight, and town of Gillett firefighters arrived to find it fully engulfed, Chief Dale Reichwald said.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2016 7:45:45 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Sawyer County: Drones have become a search and rescue tool

The recent use of a drone by the Barron County Sheriff to aid in locating the body of Dennis Meyer, the suspect in the recent murder-suicide in the Town of Round Lake, is the first time such an unmanned aircraft has been employed in a Sawyer County search. Sawyer County Search and Rescue member Mel VanWey owns drones and was asked to use his during the nighttime search for Meyer, but he declined because his drones do not have a thermal imaging camera and are unable to fly in the rain.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2016 7:06:23 AM - SOURCE: Sawyer County Record

Residents displaced after Madison apartment fire

Residents from three apartments were displaced after a kitchen fire broke out Sunday night, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department. Firefighters were called at 10:18 p.m. to River’s Edge Apartments at 1766 Fordem Avenue on a report of an alarm activation. Neighbors also reported seeing fire on the top floor of the building.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2016 6:06:49 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Gunshots Prevent Milwaukee Firefighters from Battling Fire

VIDEO: A standoff between police and an angry crowd turned violent Saturday night in the hours after a Milwaukee police officer shot and killed an armed suspect during a foot chase on the city's north side. After an hours-long confrontation with officers, police reported at 10:15 p.m. that a gas station at N.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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