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Wisconsin Fire News

Follow Up: Parents grieve as officials say fatal Portage fire was started by child with matches

A fire that claimed the life of a 2-year-old boy was caused by his 4-year-old sister playing with matches, according to Portage Fire Inspector Craig Ratz. “It probably took us 7 minutes after we arrived to get water,” Ratz said of the fire Sunday morning in the Historic apartments in downtown Portage.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2018 6:51:29 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Green Bay basement fire caused by clothing on stove

Clothing and personal items on top of a hot stove are said to be the cause of a basement fire Monday night, the Green Bay Metro Fire Department said. The fire department was called to a home in the 800 block of Royal Boulevard Monday night after flames from a fire that started on the stove spread to a wall and ceiling in the basement.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2018 6:18:43 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

La Crosse EMS providers recognized for service to the community

When someone calls in a time of crisis, emergency medical service providers spring into action. These providers are being recognized for their joint response efforts during national EMS week. EMS week is a way to thank those who help us in a time of need, like paramedics, emergency room staff or firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2018 8:51:34 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Holmen looks to future of fire department

VIDEO: The Holmen Area Fire Department is expecting changes in the coming months. They were already in need of a new assistant fire chief when Chief Paul Menches announced in April he would not renew his contract. Fire Board President Steve Johnston says it's an opportunity to plan for the future and replace some aging equipment.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2018 5:55:51 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Trempealeau County: Man rescued from submerged bulldozer

VIDEO: A man in a bulldozer, submerged in a pond at Hi-Crush Sand Mine in Whitehall, was rescued Monday morning. Authorities received a call at 7:53 a.m., May 21, and all units were dispatched to the sand mine. The man was pulled to safety by rescue boat and transported to a nearby hospital. "When incidents occur, we periodically have drills from situations such as this so that we are prepared and also look at some of our partners in the area to help," said Joni Olson, CEO of Gundersen Tri-County Hospital.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2018 12:29:52 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Weyauwega house fire displaces four residents, causes $200,000 in damage

A fire displaced four residents Saturday evening and caused about $200,000 in damage to a two-story house at 416 E. Wisconsin St. Fire Chief Tom Cullen said two residents escaped from the burning home and notified a neighbor to call 911. No one was injured. Witnesses reported that the fire might have been caused by an explosion of a propane grill.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 1:03:43 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Fire kills child Sunday in downtown Portage, displaces 70 residents

A Sunday morning apartment fire killed a child and left several residents injured in downtown Portage. Police and firefighters responded to the reported fire at 10 a.m. on the fifth floor of the Historic at 207 W. Cook St., commonly referred to by its former name the Ram. “There was a fire on the fifth floor and it was pretty bad,” said second-floor resident Tazia Mills.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 12:36:48 PM - SOURCE: Portage Daily Register

Editorial: Get serious about one fire department in La Crosse area

“Fires and emergencies don’t care about the politics or hurt egos. We want what’s best for the people.” – Local firefighter union president Lance Tryggestad. When your house is burning, you want help — and you want it in a hurry. You don’t want fire departments to rely on a complex matrix that could be influenced by political history or professional rivalries or anything of the sort.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 8:38:22 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Crews battle fire at Milwaukee nightclub

VIDEO: Firefighters worked for several hours early Sunday morning to gain control of a fire at a nightclub on the city's north side. First responders were called to "Escape" nightclub near North 35th Street and West Douglas Avenue at around 1 a.m. and quickly upgraded the fire to two alarms. They were on the scene for at least three hours and had to return later in the morning to put out remaining hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 5:17:32 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Holmen board considers purchase of $850,000 fire truck

Although they took no action on the matter, the Holmen Village Board trustees has indicated its support for the Holmen Area Fire Department’s proposal to buy a new aerial ladder truck with platform. Since the board’s May 10 agenda didn’t list the purchase request as an action item, the village board trustees couldn’t take a vote on buying an $850,000 fire truck.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 2:32:38 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Milwaukee Fire Chief proposes new cuts for 2019

VIDEO: Just days after the major Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church fire in Downtown Milwaukee, the fire chief has announced potential cuts for 2019. At Thursday’s Public Safety Committee meeting Chief Mark Rohlfing said the department would likely have to shed one engine company and approximately 15 personnel in the coming budget year.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 8:52:32 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-AM 620 Milwaukee

Active shooter training reaches wide audience in Portage

At the end of a full work day, 80 people packed into the Columbia County Administration Building for a three-hour seminar on active shooting incidents. The presentation by members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Portage Police Department gave the public insight into what is known about mass shootings in the United States and how the expectations for police and the public have changed.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 5:40:30 AM - SOURCE: Portage Daily Register

Update: Winona man charged for starting fire at Fountain City church

VIDEO: Charges were filed Thursday against a suspect in Wednesday's church fire in Fountain City. Jesse Bromaghim, from Winona, is being held on a $10,000 cash bond after being charged with arson, criminal damage to personal property and attempted car theft in Buffalo County Circuit Court Thursday. Bromaghim is accused of starting Wednesday morning's fire and tipping over a statue at St.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 4:20:41 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Lake Mills Fire Department and EMS studying all options

The City of Lake Mills and Lake Mills Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are coming together to determine the best way of serving the community. The two groups met May 7 and discussed a myriad of topics including the possibility of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies. Both agencies will have a workshop May 15 to continue the discussion.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 1:08:31 PM - SOURCE: Lake Mills Leader

Fire in Merrill spreads to a barn before being put out

A fire in Merrill spread to a pasture and a barn before it could be put out. The Merrill Fire Department tells us a 911 call came in about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday with a report of a grass fire on Joe Snow Road. The DNR and several other fire departments were also called out. Owners of the property had been trying to burn out the inside of an old silo foundation.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 9:52:29 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Blue Mass Celebrated in honor of Madison first responders

For the second straight year, St. Bernard Parish in Madison hosted the annual Blue Mass in honor of all first responders. Fr. Michael Radowicz, pastor of St. Bernard, celebrated the Mass, along with several other priests from the Diocese of Madison. In attendance were Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, Madison Fire Department Chief Steven Davis, UW-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman, members of their departments, and members of surrounding police, fire, and emergency worker agencies in Dane County.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 1:42:01 AM - SOURCE: Catholic Herald Madison

Start date set for new Merril fire chief

Newly-appointed Merrill Fire Chief Josh Klug will start his new job on Monday, May 21. While his title may be new, Klug is no stranger to the Merrill Fire Department, having started his career in Merrill 16 years ago. Klug is a Merrill High School graduate and served 11 years with the Merrill Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 11:11:04 PM - SOURCE: Merrill Foto News

Occupant rescued, firefighter injured following house fire in Sheboygan

The Sheboygan Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 2300 block of North 25th Street on Wednesday afternoon. The 911 caller who lives in the home called to report that she was trapped inside of the home and unable to exit due to the heavy smoke. The fire department arrived on scene within three minutes.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 5:36:25 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Garbage truck catches fire on Milwaukee’s south side

PHOTO: Firefighters haven’t said what caused a garbage truck to catch fire on Milwaukee’s south side. The truck caught fire near 11th and Rodgers. The Fire Department says some sparking wires made it difficult for them to contain the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 4:01:42 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

La Crosse's fire chief pushes for regionalized agency

A fire call Saturday in the town of Campbell sparked La Crosse’s fire chief to ignite the concept of forming a regional department. But Chief Ken Gilliam, just shy of a year into the job, said leaders of La Crosse’s neighboring municipalities extinguished the idea. That means — at times — firefighters closest to an emergency won’t be the first to respond when another agency needs help.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 2:18:41 PM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune