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Garbage can fire causes evacuation of Fond du Lac High School

Fond du Lac High School was evacuated for about an hour Tuesday afternoon because of a fire in a garbage can. Firefighters say they were called to the school around 1:50 p.m. for a report of a fire in a second-floor men's bathroom. The building was evacuated, and a staff member was able to put the fire out.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2016 6:43:32 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Rescue dog Lacy saved by Sheboygan firefighters

Firefighters from three departments employed three firefighting apparatus, two boats and an all-terrain vehicle, Tuesday to rescue a dog that fell off a 10-foot cliff at Jaycee Quarry View Park in Sheboygan. The dog, a Springer Spaniel named Lacy, went over the cliff shortly after 6 p.m. and landed in the water before becoming trapped on the cliff's ledge near the waterline, according to a news release from the City of Sheboygan Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2016 6:39:11 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Two Injured after Motorized Fuel Siphon Catches Fire in Ozaukee Garage

On Tuesday, November 15 at approximately 10:40 AM the Ozaukee Sheriff’s Office responded to a house on State Highway 33 in the Town of Saukville for the report of a garage fire. When Deputies arrived on scene flames were visible and the garage was fully engulfed. The investigation revealed that the homeowner, identified as 41-year-old Christopher Unger, was using a motorized siphon to remove gas from a boat fuel tank when it ignited.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2016 6:37:46 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Gas grill causes early Tuesday morning Janesville fire

A Janesville homeowner who forgot to turn off his gas grill Monday night woke Tuesday morning to a fire on his wooden deck. Tom Kuerschner heard a noise, woke and looked out the upstairs window of his home at 2629 Arbor Ridge Way to see the grill on fire on his deck, said Chris Lukas, Janesville Fire Department battalion chief.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2016 6:43:06 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Milwaukee Firefighters Donate Coats to Children

VIDEO: The men and women of the Milwaukee Fire Department are making sure every kid who needs a winter coat gets one. The Milwaukee firefighters raised $130,000 for the cause this year. They exceeded their goal of $120,000. For 3 days this summer, firefighters stood on street corners to collect donations.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2016 4:36:11 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Proposed tax levy would hike city taxes $54 in Sun Prairie

City of Sun Prairie alders are trying to cover a $167,000 shortfall in the 2017 budget less than a week before it’s presented to the public and heads to the city council for a final vote. The gap occurred after the city recently found out it will receive less transportation state aid than projected. The city also has a higher -than-expected fire department budget after city officials recently negotiated terms with the townships —- with $14,220 more than was included in the draft budget.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2016 3:11:27 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Two Pets Die in Two Rivers House Fire

A house fire Saturday night killed two pets and caused about $33,000 in damage. Two Rivers firefighters were called around 6:43 p.m. to the home in the 2000 block of Jackson Street. Smoke was seen coming from a window and front door of the house. Once inside, crews were able to put out the fire and save a dog and a cat.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2016 7:33:22 PM - SOURCE: WNFL SPORT REDIO

Fire in dehumidifier damages basement of Janesville business, officials say

A fire in a dehumidifier caused extensive damage to the basement of a business in Janesville Saturday morning, according to a release. Janesville firefighters were called to 3506 N. Highway 51 around 10:50 a.m. for reports of heavy smoke in the basement of a business, officials said. Firefighters could see light smoke coming from the exterior door and found heavy smoke in the basement, according to the release.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2016 7:37:59 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

New Kenosha fire chief eager for the challenge

Kenosha’s new fire chief said he’s excited to lead one of the state’s largest fire departments. Earlier this month, the Police and Fire Commission chose Charles Leipzig Jr. to succeed John Thomsen, who retired as chief in July. The commission said Leipzig’s long-term department vision, humility and inclusiveness of personnel stood out to the commissioners.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2016 1:41:20 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Bay Area Medical Center Receives New Paramedic Intercept Vehicle

Bay Area Medical Center announces the arrival of a new Paramedic intercept vehicle. BAMC provides paramedic-level 9-1-1 ambulance service partnership with the volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad to Marinette, Peshtigo, and Menominee as well as the surrounding towns. The service also works closely with the City of Marinette Fire Department when responding in Marinette.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2016 3:04:54 AM - SOURCE: Peshtigo Times

Firefighters battle chimney fire in Green Bay

Green Bay firefighters spent early Wednesday morning battling a chimney fire. Crews were called to a home in the 800 block of Gross Lane around 1:30 a.m. When NBC26 arrived, visible flames could be seen coming from the roof. Crews were quickly able to stop the fire from spreading by cutting holes in the roof.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2016 12:37:12 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Trapped residents rescued: 28 departments respond to 4-alarm fire in Whitewater

VIDEO: Several departments were called out to a four-alarm fire at an apartment building in Whitewater Wednesday night, November 9th. The call came in around 6:30 p.m. This fire occurred at an apartment building on Tratt Street in Whitewater -- University Garden Apartments. First arriving crews noted fire in one of the common hallways and initiated an offensive attack.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX 6 Now

Heat is on Milwaukee firefighter recruits, as they put their training to the test

VIDEO: It's the final test before becoming a firefighter. Some of the Milwaukee Fire Department's latest recruits put their training to the test on Wednesday, November 9th -- all before graduation. "It feels more real than other training I've ever done before," said Phillip Tadysak, a firefighter recruit.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2016 8:37:11 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

La Pointe firefighters work on modern fire attack

For firefighters, high quality training in a controlled but realistic environment can be the difference between life and death when they confront the real thing. It is something that any firefighting professional knows; a firefighter is only as good as the training they have undergone to prepare them for the real thing.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2016 2:13:49 AM - SOURCE: Ashland Daily Press

Baby Wakes Mom in Appleton Townhouse Fire

A woman woke up because of her baby and discovered a fire broke out inside her Appleton townhouse Tuesday. Fire officials say it happened at 1201 Bartell Court around 10:30 a.m. The woman heard her 18-month-old daughter coughing and fidgeting when she spotted the fire. The mom then broke a window in the second floor bedroom and screamed for help.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2016 2:33:32 PM - SOURCE: WIXX-FM 101

Green Lake County authorities search for alleged arsonist

Early Sunday morning, the Green Lake County E911 Communications Center received a call of an intentionally set fire at a home on Rex Street in the Town of Marquette. Deputies arrived on the scene to collect information and evidence. An elderly male reported that his 57-year-old daughter had intentionally set a number of fires inside of his residence.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2016 2:51:03 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Eau Claire studying pros, cons of new fire station sites

Two of three sites being considered for a new fire station on Eau Claire’s north side would reduce overall response times for ambulance and fire calls, an important factor in determining that station’s location, city Fire Chief Chris Bell said Monday. But both of those sites — on property along Galloway Street across from Indianhead Foodservice Distributor and at a site along Malden Avenue — pose other issues, Bell told the Eau Claire City Council.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2016 2:32:21 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Comrades pay their respects to Oneida firefighter

As Alissa Routheaux went on a walk with the seven young kids she was watching Monday morning, the group passed a few dozen fire engines and other safety vehicles that were parked up and down a street in her neighborhood. This wasn’t a typical early November day in the small city. Sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures were accompanied by a big turnout in the downtown district.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2016 1:47:51 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Early morning fire damages abandoned warehouse near 15th & St. Paul in Milwaukee

Firefighters on Monday morning, November 7th were called out to the scene of a fire at an abandoned warehouse in Milwaukee. It happened near 15th and St. Paul shortly before 1:00 a.m. The fire caused $100,000 in damage to the building. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2016 4:49:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Milton Fire Department seeks to enhance EMS services

The Milton Fire Department, like many other fire and rescue squads across Rock and Walworth counties, faces chronic staffing issues and budget shortfalls. Despite those challenges, Milton is exploring how to enhance its EMS services. Doing so would come with an undetermined cost at a time when finances are already tight, interim Fire Chief Chris Lukas said.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fire Rescue 1