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Wisconsin Fire News

Update: Man faces arson charges in south Madison house fire

A Madison man is facing an arson charge in connection with a fire that displaced four people last month, police said. The Madison Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the home on Aug. 27 at 4:54 a.m. Officials said someone called 911 to report the fire but hung up before providing further information.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2016 9:18:46 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Kenosha County truck fire victim was Town of Burlington man

A Town of Burlington man who perished in a vehicle fire last week was a dedicated employee who worked for more than 23 years at Best Bargains Inc. in Wheatland, an employer said Wednesday. “He was an absolutely indispensable cog in our machine. One of the most dedicated men and employees I have ever seen,” Doug Helnore, an owner of Best Bargains, said of Paul H.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2016 2:13:12 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Barn erupts in flames in Chippewa County

VIDEO: Crews are called to a barn fire Wednesday in Chippewa County. Firefighters responded to the structure located on 320th Street in the Town of Delmar, which is northeast of Boyd, earlier Wednesday evening. The barn, located across the street from the house, is fully engulfed. Several cows were housed inside, but Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk, tells us they all got out safely.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 11:27:20 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Stevens Point family displaced after fire

A family was displaced by a fire at a mobile home Tuesday in Stevens Point, but no one was hurt. Firefighters were called at 5 p.m. to a mobile home near Torun Road, according to Stevens Point Fire Capt. Dennis Zvara. Two people were inside the home when the fire started, but both made it out safely, Zvara said.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 7:46:25 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Madison Fire Department loses robber during hot pursuit chase

While responding to a medical emergency at Madison College on North Carroll Street, the Madison Fire Department found themselves in the midst of a robbery scene. According to a Madison Police Department incident report, a criminal grabbed the backpack of a 24-year-old woman, who was seated on a beach in a second floor hallway.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 1:46:09 AM - SOURCE: Badger Herald

Green Bay neighborhood installs new tornado siren

VIDEO: Severe weather season is slowly coming to an end, but that didn't stop the city of Green Bay from installing a new tornado siren last week in the Red Smith neighborhood. The two mile radius siren is the strongest of it's kind and cost the city $17000 dollars to install, but according to its neighbors, that was worth every penny.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Milwaukee moves towards razing "hoarder house"

VIDEO: The City of Milwaukee is taking steps to tear down a home that some people have called a "hoarder house", which caught fire this weekend. Paul Hettwer, a retired sanitation worker, has owned the home for 25 years. He says he doesn't consider himself to be a hoarder, he just stashed things in hopes of someday giving them away.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 8:42:34 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Sparta Fire Department trains for school fire scenario

Members of the fire department need to be ready for whatever situation they might encounter, but how do you practice the skills necessary for high risk situations? The Sparta Fire Department honed those skills with a mock search and rescue in a scenario where a large fire trapped several students inside.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 9:48:06 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Fire destroys Whitewater barn

A Monday afternoon fire destroyed a 98-year-old barn at N101 Highway 59, in the town of Cold Spring, according to a Whitewater Fire Department news release. Estimated loss is $400,000, the release stated. All animals were out of the building when the first firefighters arrived on scene at 3:05 p.m. Ten fire departments provided assistance in battling the blaze while Whitewater police and Jefferson County deputies handled traffic control.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 4:48:39 AM - SOURCE: Walworth County Today

Madison Chief: Southeast side fire station pushed back additional 2 years

VIDEO: Madison fire Chief Steve Davis said Monday the latest capital budget from Mayor Paul Soglin would push back construction of a fire station on the city's far southeast side from 2018 to 2020. Neighborhoods south of the Beltline near the McFarland city limits have some of the longest fire and EMS response times in the city.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2016 6:01:59 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Father, daughter work side-by-side at Milwaukee Fire Department for one time only before his retirement

VIDEO: There's a unique relationship among the Milwaukee Fire Department's staff that we want to share with you. Two co-workers were brought together for a unique opportunity. Inside any firehouse, you'll find firefighters with a close connection -- but this relationship is deeper than most. "I'm standing next to my daughter, Maria Gaenslen," said Steve Gaenslen, MFD heavy equipment operator.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2016 2:49:36 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Milwaukee firefighters battle fire in vacant house near 53rd &Custer

Milwaukee fire crews are investigating the cause of a fire in a vacant house near 53rd and Custer on Monday morning, September 19th. Officials say the fire caused about $260,000 in damage to the building and its contents. There apparently had been several renovations and some remodeling done at the home in the last few years.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2016 9:33:01 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

No survivors in Northern Door plane crash

Authorities say there were no survivors after a small plane crashed in Peninsula State Park on Sunday night. The plane was found off Highland Road, north of the golf course maintenance building, just before 10 p.m. after more than an hour of intense searching by northern Door County police and fire personnel.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2016 6:53:38 AM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Appleton firefighters douse blaze set by juveniles

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire on Sunday in a vacant apartment that juveniles fled prior to their arrival. The Appleton Fire Department, along with crews from the Grand Chute Fire Department, were called about 2 p.m. to 2707 W. Fourth St. Grand Chute firefighters found the blaze in the basement and put it out with a water extinguisher.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2016 2:04:24 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Benefit for paralyzed former Appleton firefighter 'awesome'

VIDEO: They arrived on Sunday to raise money to fulfill John Reese’s dream of again owning a home. In the process, the paralyzed, former Appleton firefighter learned just how much he’s loved. Friends and family showed up in force at the Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel to show their support for Reese, who was paralyzed in a 2001 diving accident.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2016 1:41:49 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Wausau Battle Of The Badges Honors Fallen Hero

VIDEO: The third annual Battle of the Badges softball tournament was held at Sunnyvale Park in Wausau on Saturday. Local police and fire departments battled it out to see who was king of the diamond. "Everybody is here to have fun but obviously there is a little competition involved," said Organizer Ted Knoeck.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2016 6:44:24 AM - SOURCE: WOAW-TV ABC 9

Study group weighs 911, dispatch options for Monona

Monona firefighters would join the city’s EMS personnel in being dispatched by Dane County if the Monona City Council agrees with a recommendation from a group charged with studying the emergency dispatch operations. The study looked at the entire 911 system, which included considerations of technical needs, service, staffing, security, responsiveness and cost.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 3:11:21 AM - SOURCE: Monona / Cottage Grove Herald Independent

Milwaukee fire station burglarized while firefighters out answering call

Laptops, tablets, and cell phones were stolen from a Milwaukee fire station as firefighters were out answering a call. That call turned out to be a false alarm. According to Milwaukee police, around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, September 15th firefighters at Station 34, located at at 62nd and Burleigh, responded to the fire call and then left the scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2016 7:59:34 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

New Edgerton Fire Chief talks future, explaining why past three chiefs resigned

VIDEO: It was a mass exodus. Three Edgerton Fire Chiefs resigned in less than a year. "The truth is Hollywood doesn't do us any favors," New Edgerton Fire Chief Randy Pickering said. "They glamorize the parts of the job that's like 2% of what we do," he added. Chief Pickering is taking over after three previous chiefs left in rapid succession.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2016 5:48:28 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Crews put out house fire in Sun Prairie

A fire damaged a home in Sun Prairie Wednesday afternoon according to the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters were called to a home in the 900 block of Katherine Drive just after 4:30 p.m. Fire officials said when crews arrived on scene, they found an active fire in the laundry room area.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2016 7:36:17 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison