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Wisconsin Fire News

Follow Up: Anger, concern after shots fired at Milwaukee fire station

VIDEO: Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan and others reacted with anger and concern after a Milwaukee Fire Department station near Teutonia and Locust was shot at on Sunday, April 23rd. A bullet penetrated the window of Station 30 during the shots fired incident. It happened around 6:45 p.m. as the firefighters at Station 30 were getting dispatched to a car fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2017 11:11:05 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Milwaukee fire station hit by gunfire

VIDEO: For the second time this year, a Milwaukee fire station has been hit by gunfire. The most recent case happened around 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Station 30 near Teutonia Avenue and Locust Street. An official with the fire department said firefighters heard a loud noise and breaking glass as they were heading out to a call.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2017 6:14:12 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Ashland: Mortar rounds found to be inert; ordinance discovery led to evacuations

The discovery of apparent pieces of military ordinance following a garage fire in Ashland led to the evacuation of part of an Ashland neighborhood Friday afternoon before it was later determined that they were both inert mortar training rounds. According to a statement issued by Ashland Mayor Debra Lewis, the discovery came when an Ashland firefighter, conducting a post fire investigation, discovered what state officials tentatively identified as an M69 mortar round.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ashland daily Press

Three hurt in Madison house fire

VIDEO: Madison Fire Department officials are trying to figure out what started a fire that sent three people to the hospital early Sunday morning. An MFD spokesperson tells 27 News, the injuries were minor, and the three should be okay. The fire started a little after 3:00 a.m. at a home on N Roby Rd.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2017 10:35:04 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Firefighters get realistic training to protect Marathon County residents

VIDEO: Firefighters in Marathon County are improving their already tough job by training in a real life situation. A training burn held in the Town of Maine, just north of Wausau, helped firefighters Saturday. The Maine Fire Chief Joe Bozinski said the department has been using the unoccupied home after a party offered it to the fire department to use for training.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2017 7:30:30 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Closing arguments begin in Milwaukee double homicide/arson case

VIDEO: Closing arguments are being held Friday in the trial of a Milwaukee man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and her daughter and then setting the house on fire in order to cover up the crime. Patrick Fowler took the stand Thursday in his defense and told jurors that someone else stabbed the victims.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2017 8:37:16 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

West Salem, Bangor fire departments plan annual fundraising dances

Every year the West Salem and Bangor-Burns annual fire department dances attract hundreds of area residents to come out and support their local fire departments, and enjoy some good music, food and refreshments. The Pat Watters Band will perform during the Bangor-Burns Fire Department dance on Friday, April 28, starting at 8 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2017 7:34:22 AM - SOURCE: Coulee News

Statewide tornado drill raises question: Are tornado sirens obsolete?

VIDEO: Sirens across the state sounded Thursday during Wisconsin's annual tornado drill that marks the start of the severe weather season. Sirens are strategically placed all across the state to warn people if a tornado is coming. But now that most people have smartphones and weather radios, are the sirens necessary? At Edgerton Elementary in Greenfield, principal Christopher D'Acquisto made the announcement: "The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2017 5:52:15 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Pine River Fire Department to host First Responder course

The Town of Pine River Fire Department, in conjunction with the SAFER Fire District, are hosting a 70-hour Emergency First Responder Course at the Pine River Fire Station. The class allows students to complete a training course in emergency care and be licensed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2017 11:48:02 PM - SOURCE: Merrill Foto News

La Crosse firefighter honored for saving lives

VIDEO: A La Crosse firefighter is being recognized for his bravery while saving the lives of multiple people earlier this month. While responding to a house fire on Ferry Street on April 7th, Firefighter Brian Green of Engine 1 rescued two people who were stuck on the second floor. After bringing one person down the ladder, Green climbed it again and removed the window frame to allow a second person to fit through before carrying her to safety.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2017 9:11:52 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Officials: Lightning causes house fire in Outagamie County

VIDEO: No one was injured after an overnight house fire in Outagamie County. It broke out around 1:30 at a home on Valley View Drive in the Town of Ellington. Officials say lightning hit a gas meter. "Gas meter hit by lightning. When we got on scene, we found a one story single family home with fire coming out of the roof already," said Ellington Fire Chief Jim Bentle.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2017 7:18:29 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Chippewa Valley: Oxygen masks could save your pet in a a fire

It’s hard for property owners to lose their homes to fire, but Joe Alf and Jon Schultz have seen people endure the additional pain of losing beloved pets. Although the number of pets that die in fires isn’t an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry websites and sources estimate 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year, many succumbing to smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2017 4:35:39 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Milwaukee firefighter speaks out about being injured battling a fire

VIDEO: A Milwaukee firefighter was hurt while battling a house fire yesterday. He spoke to CBS 58 for the first time. Lt. Tom McMenamin will need surgery on his wrist and elbow-but he told us he's grateful it wasn't worse. The lieutenant tells us this was a pretty routine call-a vacant apartment building caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2017 3:30:49 AM - SOURCE: Telemundo Milwaukee,WI

Poynette-Dekorra Fire Department to buy SCBAs

After approval by the Poynette-Dekorra-Lowville Fire Commission, the Poynette-Dekorra Fire Department will purchase breathing apparatus to replace five 1999 pieces. At its April 4 meeting, the commission unanimously approved the transfer of funds from the contingency/vehicle replacement fund for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) gear.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2017 2:44:38 AM - SOURCE: Poynette Press

Storm damage, power outages reported across SE Wisconsin

VIDEO: Thousands of people were left without power after a strong storm passed through southeast Wisconsin early Thursday morning. Nearly 11,000 people were still without power as of 8:30 a.m. The storm brought down trees and power lines across the area. There are reports of damage from Waukesha, Milwaukee and Racine counties.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Semi carrying 20,000 pounds of cheese catches fire in West Allis

VIDEO: Twenty-thousand pounds of cheese is gone after a semi catches fire Tuesday. Police say that a semi's brakes caught fire while the driver was on the highway. The driver pulled off into a store parking lot to try to put it out himself, but the fire department had to take over. "It's a very difficult fire once the cheese gets going.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2017 8:02:34 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Milwaukee firefighter describes finding girl, 4, dead after stabbing, fire: 'I hoped it was a doll'

VIDEO: A Milwaukee firefighter testified Tuesday how he found the bodies of a mother and daughter after a house fire authorities say was set to cover the stabbing deaths. The woman's boyfriend, Patrick Fowler, is now on trial in their deaths. "He picks up a knife, or knives, and he stabs Ms. Ellenberger over 30 times while her daughter stands there and screams, 'Mommy, mommy,'" Milwaukee County prosecutor Michael Lonski said.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2017 5:54:08 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Sun Prairie Fire Department considers program to train high school students

VIDEO: Starting this fall, Sun Prairie could have a new group of recruits for its fire department, training future firefighters while they're still in high school. "I’m looking to staff this fire department and one out on the west side 24 hours a day and I need help,” said Fire Chief Christopher Garrison talking to a group of Prairie Phoenix Academy students.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2017 7:41:24 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Milwaukee firefighter injured battling apartment fire near 57th and Hampton

VIDEO: A fire broke out in a multi-unit apartment building near 57th and Hampton and a firefighter was injured while battling the blaze. A neighbor tells us they saw someone being carried out on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance. The Milwaukee Fire Department says that the firefighter suffered non-life threatening injuries when falling from the 2nd to 1st floor of the building.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2017 7:06:42 PM - SOURCE: Telemundo Milwaukee,WI

Women's restroom set on fire at village of Pewaukee Kiwanis Park

PHOTO: A fire at a restroom at Kiwanis Village Park has led the village to shut down the building until further notice to clean and restore the building. The April 18 fire in the women's restroom caused fire and smoke damage to the entire building, according to the village. A post on the Pewaukee Park and Recreation Department's Facebook page said the park has had "an extraordinary amount of vandalism" in the last 10 days.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2017 3:28:12 PM - SOURCE: Lake Country News