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Cooking fire displaces 15 people from home in Madison

A fire caused by unattended cooking displaced 15 people from their homes Thursday, according to a news release from the Madison Fire Department. Firefighters responded to 2215 Carling Drive at 5:44 p.m. Thursday after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting heavy smoke coming from the building. When crews arrived, they found smoke along the eaves of the building and a fire in the kitchen of a second-floor unit.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 8:50:40 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fond du Lac firefighters, former Packers to face off in basketball game

Sports legends and Fond du Lac Firefighters Local 400 will face off on the basketball court to benefit the community Saturday. The game will begin at 5 p.m. at Fond du Lac High School, 801 Campus Drive, and feature Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue members, as well as a “former dunk contest competitor,” players from the Marian University basketball team and former Green Bay Packers, according a press release from Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 1:58:16 PM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Milwaukee: Nearly half of police officers, firefighters live outside city, alderman says

Six years after a state law invalidated Milwaukee's residency requirement for city employees, nearly half of police officers and firefighters live outside the city, an alderman said Wednesday as a Common Council committee discussed efforts to incentivize living within the city limits. Ald. Michael Murphy said as he understood the numbers from the Department of Employee Relations, 42% of Milwaukee police officers don't live in the city and the number for firefighters is about the same.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 2:29:12 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kenosha Fire Department responds to 10 opioid-related overdoses in four days

Kenosha firefighters responded to ten opioid-related overdoses in four days. It happened between April 25 - April 28. The Fire Department says two of the overdoses happened less than five minutes apart. The victims ranged in age from late 20s to mid-60s. Seven were men and three were women. They say everyone was revived with NARCAN.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 12:42:49 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Body found inside burning Milwaukee garage

Milwaukee firefighters found a body inside a burning garage early Wednesday morning. According to police, a parking officer spotted the fire behind a house near 15th and Burleigh streets around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday and called firefighters. A fire official told WISN 12 News the garage sustained relatively minor damage, leading investigators to believe someone set the body on fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 5:40:57 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Suspected arson at St. Matthew's Church in Allouez

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department and Brown County Sheriff's Department are working together to find the person(s) responsible in a suspected case of forced entry and arson at St. Matthew's Church. It happened around 1:41 a.m. Wednesday at the church on 2575 S. Webster Avenue when the fire department was called out for a fire alarm at the building.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 3:49:33 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Follow Up: Hales Corners officials stunned by fire chief's abrupt retirement ahead of performance review

Martin Freibergs, the fire chief in Hales Corners, has retired from his post effective immediately, hours before he was to receive a performance evaluation and two weeks after one of his captains resigned over accusations of abandoning his post and sexually harassing a subordinate. News of the retirement stunned Daniel Besson, the village president, and Ian Thomson, the chair of the police and fire commission, which was supposed to convene the evening of April 29 to evaluate Freibergs’ job performance.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 1:48:13 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ex-girlfriend charged with homicide in deadly Montello fire

A woman accused in a fire that killed a man in Marquette County has been charged with three felonies. Court records said 42-year-old Frances Rittmann has been charged with first degree intentional homicide in the death of 43-year-old Daniel Gilmartin. Gilmartin died in a house fire on April 20. Rittmann has also been charged with two counts of arson.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2019 6:46:41 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Hales Corners Fire Chief says he's stepping down

There is a surprise change at the top for the Hales Corners fire department. Chief Martin Freibergs sent a letter to the village Monday saying he’s retiring from the department. It came as a complete surprise to the village president. The Police and Fire Commission met in a closed session Monday to talk about the letter.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2019 9:15:56 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Out-of-control bonfire sparks garage fire in Milwaukee

Milwaukee firefighters on Sunday evening, April 28 battled a fully-involved garage fire near Main Street and Oak Park Court in Milwaukee. MFD officials said there was no extension of flames to any other buildings. A vehicle in the garage and the garage itself were deemed a total loss. No one was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2019 7:40:50 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Chippewa Fire District dedicates new UTV in honor of Girl Scout Troop 3055

Nearly six months after a tragic hit and run killed three girl scouts and one of their moms in Chippewa County, the fire department now has something special to honor the victims. On Sunday, the Chippewa Fire District Lake Hallie station 1 unveiled their new rescue UTV that is dedicated to Girl Scout troop 3055.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2019 2:44:20 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Black Earth Fire Department receives rescue boat with grant

Dane County was hit with historic flooding, damaging many communities and causing first responders to work non-stop rescuing stranded motorists and evacuating residences and businesses during the summer of 2018. Responders felt they needed access to additional training and resources for swift water and floodwater rescues.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2019 7:57:35 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

First responders learn how to treat pets in unique training session

Paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement from across Wisconsin are learning how to treat critically injured animals--including police K-9s and family pets. Demand for emergency animal training has surged since Green Bay K-9 Pyro was stabbed April 7. Pyro's doctors say Green Bay police officers used their training to help save the critically injured K-9's life.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2019 7:45:44 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire burns house, garage, yard in Rusk County

A fire destroyed a house and a garage on Hogsback Road in western Rusk County Wednesday afternoon, April 24. A caller reported a garage on fire in the 16000 block of Hogsback Road at 12:41 p.m. Chetek Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, along with Chetek Ambulance Service. Department of Natural Resources forest rangers also responded.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2019 4:26:29 PM - SOURCE: Chetek Alert

No injuries reported in Beloit residential fire

No injuries were reported in a residential fire reported Wednesday in the 1700 block of Wisconsin Avenue, according to the Beloit Fire Department. Fire crews were able to contain the blaze to one unit of the duplex, but individuals who lived in two units were displaced, the department said. The American Red Cross is assisting both families.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2019 7:52:48 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

No one injured in Schofield house fire

PHOTOS: The cause of a fire that destroyed a house in Schofield on Thursday morning is still under investigation. The fire was reported around 7:15 a.m. on the 1800 block of Grand Avenue near the Wausau County Club. The front of the home was engulfed when firefighters arrived on scene. Crews said the fire started near the attached garage and continued spreading to the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2019 6:53:32 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Waterford house fire causes $65K in damage

A fire caused an estimated $65,000 in damage early Tuesday morning to a house in the 200 block of First Street, according to the Waterford Fire Department. A call for a structure fire came in at 1:47 a.m. Five minutes later, an off-duty firefighter responded to the blaze and deployed an X-Tinguish FST, a device that deploys chemicals to control fires.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2019 9:05:19 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Fire destroys historic building in De Pere

A historic building in De Pere that housed a restaurant, apartments, a yoga studio and photography business, has been destroyed by massive fire. Firefighters rushed to the scene about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and found smoke in the Ogan restaurant on the first floor. Fire Chief Alan Matzke says about 20 people living in second-floor apartments were evacuated and all made it out safely.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2019 7:54:31 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Explosion in lab sends 1 to hospital, Madison Fire Department reports

One person is in a hospital after an explosion in a laboratory on the east side, according to authorities with the Madison Fire Department. Crews responded to a report of a loud explosion in a laboratory at 3587 Anderson Street at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday. Fire officials said the explosion took place inside a laboratory hood and was contained.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2019 3:03:27 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

1 displaced, extensive damage after apartment fire on Madison's east side

One person is displaced and there is extensive damage after an apartment fire on Madison's east side, according to a news release from the Madison Fire Department. Officials said a woman alerted her neighbors of the fire and called 911. She told everyone they needed to get outside. Firefighters responded to the fire in the 900 block of Vernon Drive at 3:06 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2019 9:29:22 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison