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Update: Fitchburg house explosion: MGE says no evidence of a leak or underground explosion

At least five households, including a man who was taken to a hospital in critical condition, were displaced by a Fitchburg house explosion Thursday night. On Friday morning representatives from local, state and federal agencies were continuing to investigate the explosion, the Fitchburg police and fire departments said in a joint statement at about 9:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: chippewa.com

Two Injured and Pets Die after Multiple Fires in Fond du Lac

On Friday August 26 at 4:20 PM Fond du Lac firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from the house at 142 Central Avenue. Upon arrival crews encountered heavy fire conditions inside the home which was unoccupied at the time the fire was reported. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire but not before it caused severe damage to the structure and its contents.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2016 3:33:27 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Appleton apartment complex damaged by fire

An Appleton apartment complex was damaged by an early morning fire on Saturday. The Appleton Fire Department says its crews arrived at 5:58 a.m. to the 500 block of East Winnebago Street and found smoke and flames coming from the first floor entryway of the two-story complex. A neighbor called 911 and helped firefighters put out the flames using an extinguisher.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2016 10:33:33 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Appleton firefighters raise nearly $20,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Appleton firefighters have raised $19,858 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through their annual “Fill the Boot” campaign. The Appleton Firefighters Union Local 257 raised the money with the help of the community. The “Fill the Boot” campaign is a national effort in which firefighters hit the streets and storefronts to collect donations for the MDA.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2016 10:33:33 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Explosion destroys Fitchburg home; owner critically injured

An explosion Thursday evening in Fitchburg destroyed a single-family home, displaced neighbors and sent one man to the hospital. The 57-year-old homeowner was conscious when he was taken to a hospital with significant injuries, authorities said. He was in critical condition Thursday night, Fitchburg Fire Chief Joe Pulvermacher said.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2016 4:12:38 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

New Fire Chief Menches hits the ground running with Holmen Fire

Even before he was officially signed on, Paul Menches hit the ground running as the new fire chief for the Holmen Area Fire Department. Menches officially became the new fire chief at the Holmen Area Fire District Association board’s Aug. 18 meeting. The board announced it selected Menches as the department’s new chief at a press conference on July 13.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2016 2:16:50 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

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