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Somers fire severely damages home

PHOTO: Fire killed two dogs and displaced residents of a home in the village Thursday night. Firefighters who arrived at the scene saw smoke pouring from a second story window as they arrived to fight the blaze at the split level home at 7716 38th St., according to Somers Fire Chief Carson Wilkinson.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2016 1:42:43 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Fire Chief Mlnarik takes job in Bellevue

After 14 months on the job, chief Jack Mlnarik is leaving the Oregon Area Fire/EMS District. Mlnarik told the Observer Monday that his last day would be Sept. 14. He’s accepted an offer to become fire chief in the Village of Bellevue, a community of about 15,000 near Green Bay. Mlnarik told the Observer that Bellevue is his wife’s hometown, and the couple has always been interested in living and working there.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2016 12:02:47 AM - SOURCE: Fitchburg Star

Crews rescue woman from Pewit's Nest

PHOTO: Park officials are looking at ways to prevent injuries at a state natural area near Baraboo after a fall there Thursday marked the third injury in a week. A rope rescue crew was called to Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area around 1 p.m. after a 20-year-old female from Appleton injured herself on the rocks inside the water-filled gorge.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2016 6:42:48 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Unique Milwaukee Firefighter Training at the WE Energies Plant

VIDEO: The Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) is a special team from the Milwaukee Fire Department. Members from HURT carried out a training session at WE Energies Thursday (Aug. 25). They are the part of the team that helped find three missing teenagers who were rescued in an old mine out in Dodge County last month.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2016 6:35:17 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Milwaukee toddler dies climbing through window

Investigators say there were no adults inside a Milwaukee home when a two-year-old boy died after getting stuck in a first floor window. Firefighters were called to the home around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, after a window closed on the toddler while he was apparently trying to crawl through the opening. Only a group of teenagers was inside the home with the boy at the time of the incident.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2016 9:19:04 AM - SOURCE: WDEZ-FM 101.9

Waukesha Looks to Build New Fire Station

By next year, firefighters in Waukesha plan to have equal response times when called out to emergencies. The city council signed off on a land deal to build a new station, which would then mean all areas of the city would be accessible in a 6 minute or less drive time. The new station is set to be built along State Highway 59, just east of County Highway X.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2016 6:44:45 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Kids with matches suspected cause of Racine garage fire

Kids playing with matches is the suspected cause of a Wednesday afternoon garage fire at 1214 Illinois St., fire officials said. Racine Fire Department Lt. Scott Sorce said the blaze to the detached garage was reported at 4:07 p.m. Wednesday. Matches are being considered as the cause, Sorce said. Children home at the time noticed smoke coming from the garage, then safely waited for fire crews to arrive, Sorce said.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2016 2:26:07 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Families escape fire at historic Oconto Falls building

VIDEO: Crews have a fire at 121-year-old building in downtown Oconto Falls under control this morning. Firefighters responded to the Caldwell House on Main St. late Wednesday night. Overnight, flames could be seen shooting through the roof of the building. Firefighters say the blaze started in the attic and spread quickly while crews worked to evacuate the second floor apartments.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2016 12:05:07 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Update: Man charged with arson and child abuse in connection to Ten O One fire

VIDEO: A Green Bay man faces arson charges in connection to the fire at the Ten-O-One Club on Main Street in green bay Sunday night. 18-year-old Jesus Castilloveitia-Quinton is charged with three felonies, including arson and child abuse. Capt. Kevin Warych of the Green Bay Police Department says the suspect was in the former Ten O One Club building with some children, when the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2016 6:42:14 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Two treated for smoke inhalation after Kaukauna fire

VIDEO: Two people were treated for smoke inhalation after a house fire. It happened around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday on the 300 block of 4th Street. When crews arrived, they found fire showing through a window on the side of the home. Most of the fire was contained in a bedroom, but the outside of the home by the window was also slightly damaged.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2016 6:20:51 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Follow Up: Sheboygan apartment fire victim identified

The person who died in Sunday's fire at Embers Apartments in Sheboygan has been identified as 62-year-old Deborah Marsh. Firefighters discovered the body while fighting the fire in one of the apartments, according to the Sheboygan Fire Department. An autopsy showed the victim died of smoke and soot inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2016 4:06:11 AM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Follow Up: Town of Sheboygan faces volunteer firefighter shortage

VIDEO: The Town of Sheboygan is putting out an urgent call for volunteers after running into a shortage of people willing to help out in emergencies. Chief Roger Benzschawel has been volunteering with the department for nearly 20 years. "When I started on the fire department, we were doing 40 to 50 calls a year," Benzschawel said.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2016 7:30:07 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Eau Claire man killed in industrial accident in Lake Hallie

An Eau Claire man was killed in what deputies are calling an industrial accident at Huffcut Concrete in Lake Hallie. The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says Otto Kolpien, 47, was an employee at the plant. The accident happened just before four Monday afternoon. Deputies say Kolpien got pinned underneath a heavy piece of industrial equipment.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2016 8:50:07 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Sheboygan Fire Union Makes Pitch For New Hires

Sheboygan's fire union made their pitch last night for adding more firefighters to the department. Leaders of the union laid out a presentation to the city's Committee of the Whole as to why they want to see a least three more firefighters in the department and changes made to how battalion chiefs are scheduled.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2016 5:07:27 AM - SOURCE: WBFM-FM B93.7

Germantown Fire Departments are Experiencing a Shortage of Volunteers

Some local fire departments are finding themselves in a tough situation. Many of the smaller departments are volunteer run and right now there is a shortage of volunteers. The fire department in Germantown said they have been facing the issue for several years as the city continues to grow. This year alone they have already responded to about 250 more calls than they did last year.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2016 3:46:59 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Milwaukee: Surveillance photo released in Sherman Park liquor store looting, arson

PHOTO: The Milwaukee Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released a photo Monday of a man suspected of burglarizing and setting fire to a Sherman Park liquor store following the unrest surrounding a fatal police shooting in the neighborhood. Investigators say the MJM Liquor Store, located at 2229 W.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2016 12:56:41 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-AM 620 Milwaukee

Dane County home slated to be used for controlled burn goes up in flames beforehand

A large fire in the Town of Westport is still burning as of 9:30 a.m., but firefighters say the house was slated to be used for a controlled burn anyway. The house at 5919 Oncken Road was abandoned, according to the Middleton Fire Department. They told our affiliate in Madison, WKOW, they were going to use it for controlled burn training soon.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2016 12:44:25 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

No injuries in Kiel hardware store fire

VIDEO: No one was injured in a Monday morning fire at Lulloff True Value Hardware store in Kiel. A gasoline tank truck driver who was unloading gas at the BP station across the street from the store reported seeing smoke and flames visible out the front door of the hardware store at 4:57 a.m., Kiel Fire and Rescue Lt.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2016 7:45:23 AM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Fire near Gov. Nelson State Park under investigation

PHOTO: A house fire near Governor Nelson State Park is under investigation. Firefighters were called at 7:20 a.m. to 5919 Oncken Road in the town of Westport on a report of a house fire. Firefighters told News 3 that the house is abandoned and nobody was in the building. The fire was contained to the house and did not spread to other buildings on the property.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2016 6:35:29 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire under investigation at abandoned Green Bay restaurant

VIDEO: Fire crews responded to an active fire around 9pm Sunday night at the closed Ten-O-One restaurant, located on Main street in Green Bay. According to the Green Bay fire department, the business had been closed for about a month, and the building had been vacant. The fire broke out in one of the apartments on the second floor, and when Green Bay firefighters arrived, they found a young person who had some smoke injuries.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2016 5:23:01 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay