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Arson Investigation In La Crosse

VIDEO: The La Crosse police and fire departments are working together to investigate a string of suspicious fires that they say could be arson. Fox 25/48's Erin O’Brien has more on the fires and why investigators say they could be connected. Ten fires over the last six months in La Crosse have police and firefighters wondering if they're all connected.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2017 8:23:17 PM - SOURCE: WLAX & WEUX-TV Fox 25 & 48

East Madison duplex fire caused by improper handling of grilling materials

Several residents of a far east side duplex are temporarily displaced after a fire spread through the building Monday afternoon, officials said. Madison Fire Department spokesperson Bernadette Galvez said firefighters were called to the duplex in the 3800 block of Sunbrook Road at 3:02 p.m. for a report of a fire in the back of the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2017 8:21:53 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Crews battle fire at Clintonville business

VIDEO: Firefighters battled an electrical fire at Deluxe Plastics on Sunday night. The call came in around 10:00 p.m. for the Industrial Avenue business. When the fire department arrived on scene, they found smoky conditions inside the building. “With anything electrical related primarily to shut off power sources for safety purposes.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2017 6:18:42 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Firefighters warn about fire danger after vehicle sparks grass fire in Knowlton

VIDEO: Firefighters from the Mosinee Fire District are warning residents to burn with caution after a vehicle sparked a small grass fire in the Town of Knowlton. A vehicle traveling north on Highway 51 started on fire just after 5:00 p.m. Sunday night. The fire cause a small patch of grass on the side of the highway to burn.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2017 6:06:53 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Two Janesville families displaced by Sunday afternoon duplex fire

VIDEO: No one was hurt but two families have been displaced after a fire at an east side duplex Sunday afternoon. Janesville Battalion Chief Chris Lukas tells Channel 27 News firefighters responded to the house at 634 South Main around 12:30 to find a lot of smoke coming from the back of the building.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2017 7:34:33 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Damage in UWM theater fire estimated at $1M; classes canceled Monday, Tuesday

VIDEO: A Saturday night fire in a portion of the Peck School of the Arts on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus caused an estimated $1 million in damage and prompted officials to cancel classes in the art, music and theater buildings for both Monday and Tuesday. Crews were called to the complex on the 2400 block of East Kenwood Boulevard at about 10 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2017 1:38:43 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Northern Door Fire Departments Prepare For the Worst With Recent Trainings

With the help of community partners, Northern Door fire departments are preparing for the worst when it comes to their training. On Saturday, members of the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, Gibraltar, Ephraim, and Egg Harbor Fire Departments worked on their school bus and vehicle extrication skills thanks to Five Star Training out of Idaho.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2017 12:32:24 PM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Three rescued from La Crosse duplex fire

Three people were rescued Friday morning from a fire in a duplex in La Crosse. The La Crosse Fire Department received a call at 7:07 a.m. about a fire at 1714 Ferry St. Heavy smoke was coming from the second floor of the duplex and three people were at the windows when firefighters arrived. The fire department used a ladder to get them all to safety and extinguished fire quickly.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2017 9:00:16 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Eau Claire blaze highlights sadness of house fire’s emotional loss

Lynn Fraser watched Thursday as Eau Claire firefighters extinguished a blaze that engulfed the home of her employee, Nou Thao. “She has worked so hard to better herself and was doing so well,” said Fraser, owner of Lynn’s Chatterbox Cafe, where Thao is the manager. Fraser said she expects to do something to help Thao, who lost not only her home but her vehicle and other personal belongings in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2017 6:17:47 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Tanning bed causes fire in Racine home

The Racine Fire Department responded to the report late Thursday night of a “tanning bed on fire” at a residence at 16th and Russet Streets. The owner of the home reported the fire around 10:30 PM and said the three occupants tried to put the fire out themselves but could not. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2017 4:51:10 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Black River Falls Fire Department rolls out new truck

The Black River Falls Fire Department received a new fire truck Thursday. According to Fire Chief Steve Schreiber the new truck will replace the 1993 freightliner. He says it cost $489,000 and the department was able to raise $198,000 through fundraisers and grants. Schreiber says the rest of the money came from taxpayers, the Rural Fire Department, and EMS.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2017 3:21:49 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

“Create a bigger awareness:” Milwaukee firefighters travel the city, teach CPR to students

PHOTO: CPR is a life-saving technique -- but you may be surprised by how many people don't actually know how to perform it. That's why every year, members of the Milwaukee Fire Department travel the city, teaching CPR to students. In 2018, a new state law goes into effect, requiring Wisconsin students to have CPR training.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2017 3:34:48 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Altoona one step closer to hiring full-time fire chief

The city of Altoona is another step closer to hiring its first full-time fire chief. On Wednesday, the Altoona Police and Fire Commission interviewed two candidates for the position. A third candidate backed out before Wednesday’s interviews. City Administrator Mike Golat says the commission selected James Cleveland of New Mexico for the chief position.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2017 3:39:55 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Plans moving forward for new Osseo fire station

After voters in Osseo approved a referendum Tuesday night for a new fire station, plans to build the new facility are getting underway. Osseo Fire Chief Nels Gunderson says Olympic Construction was awarded the contract for the 2.5 million dollar project. He says construction is expected to begin in about 30 days, and will done by the end of the year.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2017 3:32:55 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

New Richmond Fire & Rescue hosts 8th Annual Chili Feed

Contestants are asked to have their chili at the Fire Hall no later than 3 p.m. Please prepare 1 gallon of chili and deliver it in a crock-pot. Extensions cords will be provided. Entries will be divided into three categories: hot, medium and mild. A distinguished panel of judges will pit their taste buds against the chili entries starting at 3:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2017 3:24:28 AM - SOURCE: New Richmond News

Police probe fire in Racine home

Police and fire investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire to break out in a home at 2214 Washington Ave. Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the scene at 3:30 p.m. after a resident on the second floor reported the carpet was on fire. When crews arrived a piece of burned carpet was lying outside the residence, already extinguished.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2017 3:06:16 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Pedestrian critically injured after River Falls highway crash

PHOTO: A River Falls man remained in critical condition Tuesday after being struck by a semi-trailer one day earlier on Highway 35. River Falls Deputy Police Chief Jon Aubart said the 62-year-old man was being treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after sustaining life-threatening injuries in the crash.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2017 7:19:52 PM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Town holds groundbreaking ceremony for new Minocqua fire station

VIDEO: Minocqua will soon see a new home base for its fire department. The Minocqua fire chief, town board members, and architects all took part in breaking ground for the new station. The new building will be next to the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce on Highway 51. Fire Chief Andy Petrowski says this new station will not only give the department the space it needs but will help its response time as well.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2017 4:48:37 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Bill looks to reduce strain on emergency medical providers’ resources

In hopes to reduce medical and emergency services’ costs, Wisconsin lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill that would allow the community to provide emergency care. Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, one of the main sponsors of the legislation, introduced the bill March 17. The bill would set up state expectations for non-emergency health care and was created in collaboration with local emergency service organizations like Professional Firemen of Wisconsin, Loudenbeck said.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2017 1:05:14 PM - SOURCE: Badger Herald

Tall order: Milwaukee County firefighters get high-rise training

VIDEO: Throughout the month of April, hundreds of firefighters from every department in Milwaukee County will undergo a four-hour training session on how to deal with a high-rise fire. "One of the more complex fires that we will ever right is a high rise fire," said deputy fire Chief Aaron Lipski of the Milwaukee Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2017 2:52:45 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee