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La Crescent: Train collision sends two to the hospital

VIDEO: Around 12:00pm, La Crescent Police and Fire responded to reports of an Amtrak passenger train crashing into a pick-up truck on Shore Acres Road between La Crescent and La Crosse. Police and fire responded along with Gundersen Tri-State and CP Rail. Two were inside the truck at the time of the collision.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 6:39:06 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Fire displaces Hansen family Wednesday evening

A couple and their four children were assisted by the American Red Cross Wednesday after a fire did extensive damage to their home, according to the Vesper fire chief. A caller reported a fire at 55 block of Grant Road, Hansen, at 9:38 p.m. Wednesday, Vesper Fire Chief Dennis Dederich said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 6:26:15 AM - SOURCE: Marshfield News-Herald

Officer, young girl among three hospitalized after Milwaukee house fire

VIDEO: A police officer and a 5-year-old girl were among three people hospitalized and several others treated on the scene after an Independence Day fire on the city's north side. Firefighters called to a home near North 41st Street and West Sheridan Avenue shortly after 7:30 p.m. were met with heat and heavy smoke, Battalion Erich Roden said.
- PUB DATE: 7/4/2018 9:53:06 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Fired up: That's how members of the Eau Claire Fire Department feel about their new station

Before moving forward with plans for a new fire station, a committee comprising Eau Claire Fire Department line personnel and management toured facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota to pick out the best features of each. Battalion Chief Joe Kelly, the department’s lead on the project, is pleased with the end result.
- PUB DATE: 7/4/2018 9:44:24 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Man drowns trying to save daughter at Pennoyer Park in Kenosha

VIDEO: A Kenosha man who saved his daughter from a rip current in Lake Michigan has died. Police say the 28-year-old never recovered after he started struggling during the rescue. It is the second drowning to happen at Pennoyer Park this summer. The other happened on Memorial Day. Rescue crews say it's because of the strong rip current created by the Pike River which took the man's daughter far out into Lake Michigan.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2018 7:16:46 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

One taken to hospital after fire at Milwaukee business

Fire officials say employees evacuated the building before crews got to the scene. One person was transported to the hospital for an injury. There is no other information available on the fire or damage at this time. Fire crews were called to a fire near 33rd and Villard in Milwaukee Tuesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2018 6:39:25 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Update: Norway fire crews still at Johns Disposal blaze Monday night

Fire officials as of Monday night did not have a cause of a massive fire at Johns Disposal Service and were expected to remain at the scene until 10 p.m., more than 24 hours after the call originally came in. The fire, the largest in Racine County since February 2013, started at about noon Sunday, engulfing the 1-ton bales of recyclable materials stored at the facility, 7311 Omega Circle.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2018 6:55:17 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Crews battle Fitchburg house fire

Crews are on the scene of a structure fire in Fitchburg on Tuesday afternoon. Dane County Dispatch said firefighters are responding to a house fire in the 5800 block of Tree Line Drive. The fire is in the back of the home. The call came in at 11:15 a.m. There are no reports of injuries.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2018 10:50:04 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Two Rivers garage fire causes $120K in damages, no one hurt

A garage fire at 2619 Ninth St. in Two Rivers Friday evening caused an estimated $120,000 in damages, Two Rivers Fire Department said in a press release. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 6 p.m. Friday and when they arrived, found a fully involved detached garage fire near the rear of the property.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2018 8:13:26 AM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

1 injured in duplex fire, Janesville officials say

One person was injured in a fire that broke out overnight Saturday in a Janesville duplex, officials said. Janesville firefighters responded just after midnight to 1544 Beloit Avenue for reports of a residential fire, according to a release. Crews found a duplex with fire and smoke showing from the back of one of the units.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2018 8:04:46 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire at Johns Disposal in Town of Norway is out, debris still smoldering

VIDEO: Firefighters on Monday morning, July 2 continued to battle a massive fire at a recycling facility in western Racine County. As of 7:30 a.m. the fire appeared to be out. The fire broke out Sunday, July 1 John's Disposal. Between 40 and 50 crews from southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois were on scene to battle the blaze Monday morning.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2018 7:05:16 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

5 displaced by fire believed to have started in Milwaukee

PHOTO: Five people were displaced by a fire at a home near Layton and Mitchell Sunday, July 1. It happened around noon. Everyone was able to get out of the home before firefighters arrived. No one was hurt. It’s believed the fire started in the attic. The cause is under investigation. The Red Cross was called in to assist those displaced.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2018 4:41:08 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fire damages multi-unit home on Green Bay's east side

VIDEO: No one was was injured after a fire badly damaged a multi-unit home on Green Bay's east side Sunday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the 1200 block of East Walnut Street around 12:40 p.m. for a report of a house on fire with smoke and flames showing, the Green Bay Metro Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2018 3:24:56 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Power line falls on Madison home, starts fire

VIDEO: A thunderstorm that came through Madison Sunday afternoon caused some issues on the south side. A tree branch broke off and landed on a power line as it fell onto a home on Birch Hill Drive, off Raymond Road. Madison fire officials say the basement of the home filled with smoke from a small fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2018 2:39:19 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Grand Chute Fire Chief Honored as Wisconsin "Fire Chief of the Year"

The Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association has honored Grand Chute Fire Department Fire Chief Timothy Bantes as “Fire Chief of the Year." The prestigious honor is presented annually to a Wisconsin Fire Chief who demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity, service to the public, and contributions to the fire service as a whole.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: We Are Green Bay

Fire displaces Racine woman and six children

A structure fire on Thursday afternoon displaced the occupant of a home in the 1700 block of Mead Street, along with her six children. The electrical fire was contained to the first floor bedroom where it began at 3:22 p.m., but still caused an estimated $20,000 worth of damage to the structure and $5,000 to its contents, according to a press release from the Racine Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2018 7:37:07 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Oshkosh Fire Department Receives Donation for Cancer-Preventing Saunas

VIDEO: Firefighters put their lives on the line every day, putting out fires and saving others. But once the fire is out, the danger does not end for firefighters. "Certainly the idea is to put the fire out, that is definitely dangerous," Battalion Chief Dan Mrochek of the Oshkosh Fire Department told Local Five.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2018 5:09:26 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Gone, but not forgotten: Madison firefighters honor one of their own with special ride

It's been three months since 29-year-old Richard Garner collapsed suddenly and died. The Madison firefighter had finished his shift just hours before. The death was shocking, saddening, and left Station 10 with a void that is still felt today. Area firefighters and paramedics will honor Garner on Friday with the inaugural Richard Garner Memorial Ride, a charity ride through southern Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2018 8:16:15 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Supreme Court: Public-safety unions in Wisconsin can't require fees be paid by non-members

Public-safety worker unions in Wisconsin cannot require that fees be paid by non-union members under a pivotal ruling issued Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court. Gov. Scott Walker touted the national ruling as a sign Wisconsin was ahead of the curve seven years ago when it passed a landmark law curtailing the power of public unions.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2018 5:49:27 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Door County: Shipwrecked Brew Pub Reopens, Hosts Free Dinner for Door County Firefighters Who Helped Them

VIDEO: Firefighters who responded to the Shipwrecked Brew Pub fire last August returned to the scene on Wednesday, but this time, for a free dinner from the restaurant owners expressing their gratitude. Many people who live in or visit Door County know the Shipwrecked Brew Pub well. Some visit it all the time.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2018 9:43:00 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay