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Fire Severely Damages 140-Year-Old Milwaukee Church

PHOTO: A 140-year-old downtown Milwaukee church was heavily damaged by fire Tuesday. The blaze at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church broke out Tuesday afternoon and kept dozens of firefighters busy for hours. Deputy Milwaukee Fire Chief Christopher Snyder said the fire started at about 3:45 p.m. No cause has been announced, but the pastor said construction work was being done on the roof.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 9:01:39 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Public Radio

Ashwaubenon: Late Night House Fire, Investigation Under Way

Ashwaubenon Public Safety and fire crews were called to 965 Duchateau Avenue for an overnight house fire. When officers arrived, they saw smoke and flames coming from the roof of the home. Chief Eric Dunning said that officers searched the first floor of the home and found no one inside. When firefighters arrived they did their own extensive search of the property.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 5:57:45 AM - SOURCE: WNCY-FM Y100

Jackknifed semi snarls traffic in Hale Interchange, firefighters had to contain minor fuel leak

VIDEO: The ramp from northbound I-894 was temporarily closed Wednesday morning, May 16 due a jackknifed semi on westbound I-43 in the Hale Interchange. The Greenfield Fire Department says the semi struck a median wall. They had to contain a minor fuel leak before opening the road. No injuries have been reported.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 4:51:16 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Suspicious apartment fire injures three people in Milwaukee

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters are investigating a fire they believe to be suspicious. It happened at 39th and Hopkins around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16th. Several people had to be rescued from the second floor of the apartment complex. Three adults were treated for smoke inhalation and are expected to survive.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 4:43:03 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Related: Milwaukee community members react after devastating church fire

VIDEO: Many community members are devastated after a fire at a historic church. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is a shell of what it was just earlier in the day and what its looked like since the 1800s. History was damaged in the fire, a fact not lost on the people of Milwaukee. "It is a loss for this city.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 3:26:11 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Wauwatosa: Unusual dryer fire prompts investigation into whether it’s ‘something that you, the homeowner, can clean’

VIDEO: More than two months after a fire in a Wauwatosa home, the basement was still in shambles. "We're well over the $100,000 mark in damage to the house," explained Adam Zinda of Paul Davis Restoration. Zinda had to wait for insurance investigators to clear the scene before he could start tearing out walls and floors damaged by soot throughout the house.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 7:12:10 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Electrical problem caused $100,000 fire at Monroe meat market

A fire Monday night at Zuber's Meats on 19th Street in Monroe caused about $100,000 damage, according to the fire chief. Chief Dan Smits says the department got the call around 5:16 p.m. The fire broke out in the smoker area and authorities believe it was an accidental electrical fire. No employees were inside at the time and no one was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 7:00:35 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27

Oakdale firefighters stay sharp during training day

Homes don’t catch fire as often as they used to. That’s a good thing, but it does raise the issue of keeping local volunteer firefighters in practice. The Oakdale Fire Department addressed that issue Saturday with its annual training day. This year’s training was conducted on a residential structure owned by Ray Habelman in the town of Byron.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 1:07:10 PM - SOURCE: Tomah Journal

Early morning fire destroys Marathon County garage

VIDEO: Fire crews battled a garage fire in Marathon County early Monday morning. The Athens and Edgar fire department responded to a call around 1 a.m. off of hwy M in Athens. Officials said when they arrived the garage was engulfed. The flames were about 14 to 15 ft high, destroying the garage. Next to it was a trailer home which also caught on fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 5:44:39 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Medical Examiner: 2 found dead in house fire near 25th & Melvina in Milwaukee

VIDEO: Two people have died in an overnight house fire on Monday, May 14. Firefighters were called to the home near 25th and Melvina just after 3 a.m. Fire crews were able to recover two victims from inside the home. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed with FOX6 that both residents died at the scene before 5 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 4:04:07 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Caledonia fire destroys motor home, vehicle and garage

A motor home, vehicle and garage were destroyed and a single-family home was damaged in an early-morning fire on Saturday. The Caledonia Fire Department received the initial fire call at 5:16 a.m. By the time firefighters reached 4541 Carter Drive, the RV was fully engulfed and the vehicle and attached garage also were on fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2018 7:50:25 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Beaver Dam Fire Department seeks teens for new career program

The Beaver Dam Fire Department is seeking teens to learn more about what it takes to be a firefighter and an EMT. Personnel from the department were on hand this week at Beaver Dam High School seeking out the next generation of those wanting to join the ranks of firefighters and EMTs/paramedics. The department was recruiting for its Explorer program over the lunch hour in the commons area of the school.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2018 8:16:53 AM - SOURCE: wisc news

Reward increased to $20K for Lake Delton employee dormitory arson

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and its partners are now offering up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the Jan. 25 fire at the Wilderness Resort. ATF officials have determined that the incident was arson, according to a news release from the agency.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2018 4:34:41 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Superior officials: Refinery incident highlights need to upgrade hazmat response

Superior officials say they’d like the state to upgrade their hazmat team designation in order to access funding and resources to respond to hazardous materials in the wake of explosions and fires at the Husky Energy oil refinery. In the last decade, Wisconsin conducted a review of the state’s hazardous materials response, which created a tiered system of teams with various levels of capabilities.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2018 3:31:09 AM - SOURCE: Daily Telegram-Superior

Follow Up: Coworker who filed complaint against Mosinee fire officials speaks out

VIDEO: The day after records were released regarding complaints against former Mosinee Fire Chief Doug Jennings and former Deputy Chief Emily Dobeck, one person who wrote a complaint to the mayor is speaking out. "I just felt in my heart I had to do something about it," said the source, who asked to remain anonymous because she's completing her fire training at a different department.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2018 9:12:44 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9

Madison: Man arrested after setting trucks on fire

A man was arrested for arson near the east side of Madison early Wednesday morning. Two parked trucks were set on fire in front of a house on Jacobson Avenue just after 4:30 a.m., according to the Madison Police Department. The 51-year-old homeowner discovered accelerants had been poured near the front of his house.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2018 4:43:17 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Woman arrested in Waterloo RV fire

A Waterloo woman has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to a recreational vehicle parked behind her home last week. Sharice Demetria Schoonover, 25, of 325 Reber Ave., was arrested Tuesday for first-degree arson. Her bond was set at $25,000. Police said the fire followed an ongoing dispute with roommate Damarius O’Neal.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2018 3:15:40 PM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Riverside third-grader earns ride in Fond du Lac fire truck

As the top fundraiser for the Riverside Elementary School’s Walk-a-Thon, Abigail Hanke, a third-grader, earned a ride to school on one of Fond du Lac’s fire trucks. Abigail was picked up at her home where she boarded the fire truck and saw firsthand all the technology that firemen use when responding to an emergency, and could feel how it is to ride in a truck this size.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2018 1:26:56 PM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

UW-Madison won’t release report on rescue service involved in windsurfer’s death

University of Wisconsin-Madison officials declined to release an administrative review that led them to shift the management of a Lake Mendota rescue service scrutinized after the death of a windsurfer in a collision with a rescue boat a year ago. The UW-Madison Police Department announced Wednesday that it had taken over operation of UWPD Lake Rescue and Safety.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2018 5:43:05 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Around 30 displaced in Milwaukee apartment fire

Around 30 people were displaced after a fire broke out in an apartment building in Milwaukee Wednesday night. Authorities say it happened near 39th and Hopkins. Firefighters say the fire was located on the first floor of the building. Crews initially were told several people were trapped inside, but after searching the building, one person was found inside and was able to walk out without assistance.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2018 5:28:46 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee