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Husband shot and killed wife, blew up Madison house as cover-up, police chief says

A Madison man shot and killed his wife weeks ago and blew up their Southwest Side house on Wednesday as an attempt to cover up the homicide, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Sunday. Lee Anne Pirus, 50, was identified by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office as the body found amid the rubble of a house at 7806 Stratton Way.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2017 3:16:57 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Firefighters extinguish intentionally set fire in vacant Racine home

Firefighters extinguished what they determined to be an intentionally set fire early Sunday morning. The blaze caused $6,000 in damage to 1240 Superior St., a vacant home set to be razed by order of the city, according to a Racine Fire Department release. The fire was set to the rear of the house at about 5:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2017 2:25:06 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Update: Body found at site of Madison home explosion

VIDEO: Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis says a body was found at the site of a home that exploded Wednesday afternoon in the southwest part of the city. Davis says the body was found around 9:00 a.m. Friday morning and his teams have suspended their investigative work while the medical examiner is at the site.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2017 9:46:18 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Kaukauna garage destroyed, home damaged in Thursday fire

Fire destroyed a detached garage and spread to a house on Roger Court on Thursday afternoon. There were no injuries and everyone, including a dog, evacuated before firefighters arrived, said Assistant Fire Chief Chad Gerrits. Officials estimate that the fire did about $65,000 in damage to the buildings and about $30,000 in damage to their contents.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2017 7:58:23 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Fond du Lac man rescued from Lake Winnebago

A Fond du Lac man was rescued Wednesday night from Lake Winnebago after falling in the water at the Lakeside Park Marina. A crew from Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue, along with city police, were called to G Dock about 8 p.m. for a report of a man who had fallen in the water in an area of the lake called the "Big Hole" in Lakeside Park.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2017 3:38:03 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Dells' Smokey the Bear Park gets firewise at new garden

Thanks in large part to the efforts of Wisconsin Dells residents and Adams County master gardeners Dan and Laura Reger, Smokey the Bear has a new “firewise” garden to call his own at the oft-visited park in front of the local Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources office on River Road. The new garden was dedicated as a new “Firewise Education Site” during a brief ceremony there the afternoon of Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2017 11:57:47 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Body feared inside home that exploded on Southwest Side Madison

As investigators began the painstaking search for clues to explain what caused a house to explode on Madison’s Southwest Side Wednesday afternoon, officials were not ruling out that somebody was inside the house during the blast. The house that exploded at about 2 p.m. at 7806 Stratton Way, near where High Point Road intersects with Highway PD, was deemed a total loss by Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2017 3:39:14 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Wisconsin firefighters home after being called back from Florida

VIDEO: After traveling thousands of miles for several days, 35 Wisconsin firefighters were back home Wednesday evening. The firefighters are part of Wisconsin’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, or Task Force 1, a group that responds to rescue missions across the country. The team was originally activated Sunday afternoon for a 10-day mission to Jacksonville, Fla.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2017 11:03:33 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Eau Claire fire captain who designed life-saving device on deck for Tech Council luncheon

Firefighters who risk their lives to save others stand to get help from an innovative device that can guide them out of smoke-filled buildings. Jeff Dykes, owner and founder of Northern Star Fire, is an Eau Claire firefighter captain who won the 2017 Governor’s Business Plan Contest with a headgear compass to maintain or regain a firefighter’s orientation during a fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2017 4:14:15 AM - SOURCE: Dunn County News

Proposed Madison fire station would decrease emergency response times

VIDEO: Imagine waiting 15 minutes for first responders to get to you during an emergency. That’s a concern for residents on Madison’s southeast side and it’s an issue city leaders are hoping to tackle at a budget meeting Tuesday. A proposed fire station on Femrite Drive would decrease emergency response times to five minutes, helping the city meet the standard set by the National Fire Protection Association.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2017 10:59:32 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

9 displaced in Madison duplex fire, officials say

Nine people were displaced Tuesday morning after a fire broke out in a duplex on Madison’s far east side, officials said. Officials were called to 6615 Radford Drive around 10:45 a.m. for reports of an active structure fire, officials said. Officials said five adults and four children were displaced from two units.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2017 10:59:31 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Barn destroyed in Village of Harrison fire

VIDEO: Fire crews said a barn and farm equipment were destroyed in an overnight fire in Calumet County. The call came in around 9:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Manitowoc Road and Highway 55 in the Village of Harrison. When crews arrived on scene they found flames shooting from the barn. Firefighters said when they entered the building they found a skid-steer on fire which they believe spread to the straw inside the barn.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2017 7:36:41 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Funds needed for new 5-bay fire station on Eau Claire's north side

Eau Claire city officials won’t know how many engine bays they can include in a new fire station until after they receive bids next week, but a Fire Department official says more bays are needed. The city has budgeted $4.15 million for the station to be built at Malden Avenue and Birch Street on the city’s north side, with another $500,000 to be included in the 2018 capital improvement project budget.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2017 2:19:54 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Oshkosh Fire Department responds to fire on Bowen Street

VIDEO: Firefighters battled a blaze Monday night at a nonprofit-owned home under renovation on the city's east side. The Oshkosh Fire Department responded about 7:30 p.m. to a report of a smoldering roof at 561 Bowen St. Authorities blocked off Bowen Street for at least an hour, as fire crews remained at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2017 8:36:30 PM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Six members of La Crosse Fire Department deployed to Florida to help relief efforts

VIDEO: La Crosse's Fire Department is sending help to Florida. Six members of the fire department were deployed to areas impacted by Hurricane Irma Sunday. They are a part of the Wisconsin Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue Team. The team is heading for Jacksonville to help emergency responders in the area, but those plans could change as the storm heads north.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2017 3:04:23 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Appleton fire chief to retire in March 2018

VIDEO: The city's Fire Chief Len Vander Wyst will retire from his position in March 2018, he announced this week. "I'll be here for a while so no need to say goodbyes at this point," Vander Wyst told the Common Council at its meeting on Wednesday night, according to video of the meeting. "Thank you for allowing me to serve the community as fire chief for almost nine years.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2017 1:05:13 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Green Bay: Controversial 9/11 monument comes down

Calling for the community to help come up with a better way of remembering those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Mayor Jim Schmitt Monday led a deaccession ceremony for the 9/11 monument at the Neville Public Museum. “We need to properly memorialize that event,” Schmitt told a crowd of about 100 gathered at the monument.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2017 9:51:40 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Plover arson suspect admits to starting 10 fires since July

A 26-year-old Plover man admitted to starting at least 10 fires in the Plover area over the last three months, according to Plover police. Kyle Andrich was arrested Friday in connection with a fire at an abandoned house at 2110 Post Road in Plover. The Plover fire and police departments responded to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2017 8:51:07 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Waupun Fire Department to host emergency response fire training

The Waupun Fire Department, in partnership with the Wisconsin Propane Education & Research Council will host an emergency response, live propane fire training at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, at Waupun City Garage, 903 N. Madison St., Waupun. Firefighters from Waupun and the surrounding area are expected to attend.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2017 3:39:06 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

La Crosse Fire Station Planning Task Force starts discussions

VIDEO: Nearly one month after the La Crosse Common Council approved a Fire Station Planning Task Force, members of that group held their first meeting. It has been 50 years since the La Crosse Fire Department has built a new fire station. "Things have changed. Apparatus have changed," said Jason Gilman, Director of Planning and Development for the City of La Crosse.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2017 7:18:51 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse