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Sun Prairie apartment complex fire displaces resident, officials say

A fire in the kitchen of a Sun Prairie apartment was quickly put out Tuesday, but displaced one resident, the Sun Prairie Fire Department said. Shortly before 4 p.m., firefighters responded to an apartment complex on South Bird Street after reports of a structure fire, the fire department said. After arriving, firefighters quickly took care of a fire in the kitchen of a first floor unit, while an off-duty firefighter helped the apartment's resident out, according to the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2016 3:21:09 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

National Fire Prevention Week kicks off in Milwaukee

VIDEO: National Fire Prevention Week kicked off Monday morning. Milwaukee second graders from Franklin Pierce Elementary joined Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Ronald McDonald to kick off a week long series of events at Milwaukee Fire Department’s Survive Alive House. It’s a mock home that fills with smoke and children have to figure out how to get out safely, even if that means climbing out of a window.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Follow Up: Osseo Fire Department looks to build new station

VIDEO: The Osseo Fire Department has a $2.5 million advisory referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot to build a new fire station. Firefighters take mere minutes to respond to emergencies in the area, but the Osseo Fire Department has spent years preparing for the referendum with a committee taking almost five years to put it together.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 4:36:26 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

“They’re small bombs:” Milwaukee Fire Dept. officials warn about tossing certain items into your recycling bin

VIDEO: There have been numerous fires at the Milwaukee Materials Recovery Facility this year -- so officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department are reminding people that there are things you shouldn't be putting in your blue recycling bin. Officials say people commonly toss items they don't know what to do with into their recycling bin.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 3:03:57 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fond du Lac Fire gives live demonstration for Fire Prevention Week

VIDEO: It’s Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15) and local departments are taking time to remind homeowners how they can reduce the risk of a devastating fire. Action 2 News This Morning visited Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue to get some fire safety tips and live fire demonstrations. Division Chief Troy Haase demonstrated ways to prevent fires in your kitchen, living space, and garage.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 4:37:57 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Clyman firefighters train in Colorado

With more oil tanker cars on Wisconsin's railways than ever before, the odds of accidental derailments and fires are increasing. The risk may be small, but it's very real. That's why firefighters from communities across the United States are learning how to tackle these potentially explosive situations.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 4:19:30 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Milwaukee firefighter loses part of finger using saw at fire

A firefighter lost part of a finger while helping to battle a two-alarm fire on Milwaukee's north side, officials said. The fire was reported late Monday night at a duplex near 4th Street and Concordia Avenue. Flames then spread to a neighboring duplex. Police told WISN 12 News the firefighter was injured while using a saw on the roof.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 3:36:45 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Vote could improve Osseo Rural Fire Station

Osseo Rural Fire Department Chief Nels Gunderson slipped between two firetrucks parked close together, then later pointed to damage a truck received when hit by another in the crowded station. “This was never designed to be a fire station, and we just don't have the room we need,” Gunderson said while explaining the need for a new, larger, better located facility.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2016 2:27:07 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Chief: Quick call from passersby averts worse Baraboo home-fire situation

Arcing electrical wires sparked an attic fire that damaged a Baraboo home Sunday morning. Baraboo Fire Chief Kevin Stieve said the fire caused extensive damage to the home’s roof and moderate smoke damage to its main level. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the main body of the fire, which left moderate water damage.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2016 12:12:53 AM - SOURCE: Baraboo News Republic

Three Lakes Pumpkin Fest raises funds for fire department

VIDEO: The sweet smell of peanut brittle and cinnamon rolls filled Three Lakes on Saturday as the Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary hosted its annual Pumpkin Fest. Linda Remington helped start the event 24 years ago and has remained dedicated to giving back to the community. "It's an incredible feeling," said Remington.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2016 12:37:22 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Firefighters honored in Wisconsin Rapids

VIDEO: Firefighters in Wisconsin gathered in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday to honor the lives of their fallen brothers and sisters. Three names were added to the memorial wall at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial at Ben Hansen Park in Wisconsin Rapids. Lawrence “Larry” Millard, a firefighter from the Endeavor Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2016 4:50:57 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Kenosha Fire Department retiree travels the globe as rescue nurse

Most retirees travel for pleasure. Rich Meeker travels to save lives. Some 85 percent of Meeker’s rescue nurse cases take him abroad to care for patients and bring them back to the United States for care closer to home. Meeker, 58, is retired from the Kenosha Fire Department. A registered nurse for 35 years, Meeker began working under contract with On Call International Inc.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2016 1:41:55 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha 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