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Fire Damages Eau Claire Home

VIDEO: Firefighters estimate 70-thousand dollars of damage to an Eau Claire home after a fire last night. The fire broke out around 9:30 last night in the one-thousand block of summit street on Eau Claire’s north side. Then crews arrived, they found smoke and fire coming from the home. According to Eau Claire fire and rescue, the main fire was knocked down; however, crews stayed on scene throughout the night to monitor conditions.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2017 8:01:21 PM - SOURCE: WLAX & WEUX-TV Fox 25 & 48

No injuries in early morning fire in Bellevue

VIDEO: No one was hurt during an early morning fire in the village of Bellevue on Saturday. Fire crews were called to a home in the 3100 block of Warm Springs Drive at 2:15 a.m. Chief Jack Mlnarik with Bellevue Fire and Rescue says fire was coming out of the chimney of the home and when firefighters began to make entry, they heard a loud explosion and backed away.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2017 7:36:01 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Lightning suspected in several early-morning Waukesha house fires

Authorities suspect that lightning may have sparked several house fires in southeast Wisconsin early Friday morning. The first was reported at about 2 a.m. on the 1700 block of Rockridge Way in Waukesha. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find people already outside and a small fire at the front of the home, on the second floor above the porch, a department spokesman said.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2017 7:46:23 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Holmen fire shake-up improves response

Despite the danger and disruption to property owners and renters, a couple of recent structure fires turned out to be proving grounds of the Holmen Area Fire Department reorganization and its improved ability to respond. At the Holmen Area Fire District Association Board’s Feb. 16 meeting, Assistant Chief Bill Bulawa reported on the fire department’s response to a kitchen fire in the town of Holland and its assistance to the Onalaska Fire Department when that department was battling an apartment complex fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2017 2:47:09 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Follow Up: Dodgeville community member remember Barn 23 following fire

Barn 23, a well-known Dodgeville landmark is destroyed after a fire last night leaving fire crews investigating and many reminiscing on what was once a popular bar and restaurant. "It really gets ya thinking,” said Thomas Davies. "When I was a youngster in grade school, this was a dairy farm and they had dairy cattle.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 9:06:58 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Portage woman accused of starting fire waits for chance to enter plea

A Portage woman who has been in jail since December, accused of attempted arson, will have to wait another 30 days before her attorney can address what she said are underlying mental health issues. Linda Fuller, 58, is charged with felony attempted arson of a building, criminal damage to property and two counts of bail jumping following an incident on the evening of Dec.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 6:56:25 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Crews struggle to fight Portage County fire

VIDEO: Muddy ground made it hard early Thursday morning for fire trucks to get into a driveway of a home on fire. Fire crews fought the fire for at least three hours, citing the ground conditions and age of the home as reasons it was difficult to extinguish, according to Rosholt Fire District. One person at the house made it out safely before crews arrived, according to officials at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 6:39:53 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Fire agencies battle restaurant fire in Dodgeville

VIDEO: The Dodgeville Fire Chief tells 27 News it's still too early to say whether the fire at Barn 23 is considered suspicious or not. They will investigate all possibilities. Fire Chief Brian Whitehouse says still, an Iowa County arson investigation team will be working with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation to look into the fire, due to the value of the property.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27

Update: Thousands of child porn images found on Milwaukee firefighter's computer

Federal investigators found thousands of child pornography images on a tablet computer seized from a Milwaukee firefighter, court records show. Robert Rutley, 44, told investigators he had been interested in child pornography for more than a decade and had begun downloading it at work after a relative caught him doing it at home, according to a federal arrest warrant affidavit.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Man who fell through ice near Fountain City has chance to offer thanks to rescuer

VIDEO: Donald Powis didn’t plan to be at Merrick State Park near Fountain City, Wisconsin on Friday afternoon. The 69-year-old social worker was planning to do a little fishing, but roughly 300 miles away from the shores along Fountain City Bay. The avid angler was preparing to try and reel in some brown trout.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Heightened Security for Reopening of Fire House 13 in Milwaukee

VIDEO: The busiest fire engine company in Wisconsin is back open for business. Fire Station 13 at 30th and Locust in Milwaukee reopened Wednesday morning with heightened security after somebody used it for target practice last week. Battalion Chief Dan Lipski tells CBS 58's Julie Parise that morale is high.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 8:29:14 PM - SOURCE: Telemundo Milwaukee,WI

Fond du Lac first responders learning about integrated responses to active shooter situations

VIDEO: From the Trestle Trail shooting in Menasha to the San Bernardino terrorist attack in California, active shooter incidents can happen in any community. A conference happening this week in Fond du Lac is educating law enforcement, fire and EMS on the response. For the first time in Wisconsin, hundreds of police officers, firefighters and paramedics are gathering to learn the importance of training together on how they’ll respond to active shooter situations in their communities.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 5:00:34 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Janesville house fire results in more than $115,000 damage

An early Wednesday morning fire that appears to have started from a gas grill, on a deck being left on, has resulted in between $115,000 and $130,000 damage to a single-family home at 210 S. Pontiac Drive, said Janesville Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Lukas. Homeowners grilled out about 6 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 7:17:40 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Four families escape Berlin apartment fire

VIDEO: An overnight fire destroyed an apartment building in Berlin, leaving four families without homes. The fire happened on Quarry Street, on the Berlin’s east side. The City of Berlin Police Department says flames had spread throughout the four-unit apartment building by the time fire crews responded about 8:00 Tuesday night.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 2:19:27 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Beloit Fire stretched by call volume

City fire and emergency medical staff are concerned over the steadily increasing volume of fire and medical calls. The Beloit Fire Department responded to 5,431 total calls in 2016, compared to 5,036 in 2015. The most common types of calls fielded over the two years stemmed from difficulty breathing to reports of chest pains and fire alarm responses.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 1:45:22 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Popular Milwaukee Barbecue Restaurant Catches Fire, Again

VIDEO: For the second time in under four months fire hits a popular barbecue restaurant in Milwaukee. The kitchen at "Ashley's Que" on 2nd and National caught fire this afternoon, right as the family was rebuilding their first restaurant that burned down. The back of the building on 2nd and National is pretty heavily damaged but firefighters were able to get the fire under control, contain it to that spot, and put the whole fire out in about an hour.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 9:17:20 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Pittsville area homes damaged by early winter floods

VIDEO: Nearly a dozen homes alongside Highway 80 near Pittsville were flooded Tuesday after a heavy rainfall overnight. According to Pittsville Fire Chief Jerry Minor, the Yellow River rose quickly giving nearby homeowners little warning. “We've been in the middle of a remodel in the basement,” said Tanya Stelzer.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 8:52:03 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Sun Prairie Fire Chief rips proposed changes impacting state fire regulation

Sun Prairie Fire Chief Chris Garrison joined other fire chiefs on Monday, Feb. 13 in calling on Gov. Scott Walker to expand the use of circuit interrupters in new Wisconsin homes -- just days after teaming up with his fellow chiefs to oppose changes to state fire sprinkler standards. “Anything under 20 units didn’t require sprinklers, which to me, is a huge step back,” Garrison said, referring to the proposed legislation that would have changed sprinkler regulations for multi-unit dwellings.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 3:17:41 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Female firefighters rare on central Wisconsin forces

VIDEO: The majority of fire departments across the nation and Central Wisconsin have very few women on the force. It's a tough job, but the women who are employed or volunteer for area departments believe anyone, no matter their gender, can do it. Wausau Fire Chief Tracey Kujawa worked her way up from the bottom.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 2:24:42 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Shots fired into Milwaukee fire station, forcing it to close

Gunfire struck a Milwaukee Fire Department fire station on the west side Friday afternoon, forcing the station to close, fire department officials said. Multiple shots were fired into Engine Co. 13 at 2901 N. 30th St. about 1 p.m., a news release from the department said. No department members were injured.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel