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Wisconsin Fire News

Wildfire warnings issued for central Wisconsin

The state Department of Natural Resources and National Weather Service have issued a red flag warning for 12 central Wisconsin counties out of concern for brewing wildfire conditions. The warning includes Jackson, La Crosse, Trempealeau, Monroe, Juneau, Adams, Marquette, Waushara, Wood, Portage, Waupaca and Green Lake counties.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2020 2:15:44 PM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

One person taken to hospital following apartment building fire in Sun Prairie

One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation following a fire at a Sun Prairie apartment building. Firefighters responded to reports of smoke and an active fire alarm Thursday at an apartment along the 1000 block of O’Keefe Avenue. Crews found a fire inside one unit had been extinguished by a single fire sprinkler, according to a release by the Sun Prairie Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2020 7:39:27 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Paratech Ambulance Services dedicate rigs to COVID-19 transports, up safety procedures

The COVID-19 pandemic is an untraveled road, even for those trained in emergencies. While getting potential coronavirus patients where they need to go, ambulance services are making changes. Paratech Ambulance, which covers the Milwaukee area through Madison to the Illinois border, has transported more than 700 possible COVID-19 patients, with 150 being confirmed, since early March.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Retired Sheboygan fire chief receives ladder truck visit to reunite with family

The Town of Sheboygan Volunteer Fire Department responded just after 5 p.m. Thursday to Aurora’s Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center. The call? To say hello to former chief Ken Gumm. Gumm, who had spent nearly six decades with the department, is battling cancer. And because of coronavirus restrictions, friends and family aren’t allowed to visit.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2020 8:45:56 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Town of Beloit Deputy Fire Chief retires, starts RV adventures

One day he was a mechanic, another day a psychologist. In between it all, he ran into burning buildings. That described the almost 29 years Fire Department Deputy Chief Glen Hennig spent with the Town of Beloit Fire Department, which was big enough to be stimulating, but small enough to let firefighters wear many different hats.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2020 8:09:41 PM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Apartment fire in Racine causes $150k in damage, no injuries reported

The Racine Fire Department responded to a call of an active fire in a second-floor apartment near 6th Street and Wisconsin Ave around 3:15 p.m. on Friday, April 30. Upon arrival, heavy fire was seen coming from an apartment on the second floor. According to officials, it took firefighters over an hour to extinguish the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2020 7:42:34 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Wisconsin Face Mask Warriors making a difference, donating thousands of homemade masks

The Wisconsin Face Mask Warriors are doing exactly what their name sounds like they should be doing. Fighting against COVID-19 by donating masks. The group is a state wide coalition of volunteers that have joined together to hand make cloth masks for those on the front lines battling against the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Person hit by train in La Crosse, taken to hospital

One person is taken to the hospital after firefighters say he or she was hit by a train. It happened just after 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 in the area of 27th and Farnam Street in La Crosse. The person's name and condition aren't being released. The La Crosse Fire Department says the incident is still under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2020 9:00:34 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire

Sun Prairie firefighters save 100 chickens after barn goes up in flames

First responders were able to save 100 chickens after the barn they were in went up in flames outside Sun Prairie Tuesday afternoon. The Sun Prairie Fire & Rescue said crews were dispatched after receiving a report of a "Bobcat on fire" in a large barn in the 3000 block of Vinburn Road in the town of Bristol.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2020 1:48:17 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Lisbon firefighter makes extension straps for front-line workers

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Tony Sleck immediately drew on his "nerdy" side to fulfill his desire to help others. The Lisbon man has used a 3-D printer to create more than 800 surgical mask extension straps — free of charge. The straps attach to the elastic bands on surgical masks to make them more comfortable.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2020 1:02:59 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fire destroys large shed in Hobart

Some trucks were damaged in an overnight shed fire in Hobart. At about midnight, Hobart firefighters were called to the 400 block of South County Line Rd. Crews arrived on scene to find a large shed in flames. Hose lines were set up to protect a propane tank and a nearby home. Two trucks were damaged in the fire There are no reports of injuries.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2020 3:54:11 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

1 killed in Sheboygan house fire, another displaced

One person died Tuesday after a fire broke out at a house in Sheboygan. Firefighters responded around 2 p.m. Tuesday to a house in the 2300 block of South Ninth Street in Sheboygan, according to the Sheboygan Fire Department. A caller reported smoke was coming from the second-floor window of the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2020 3:39:48 PM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

North Fond du Lac man accused of using stolen underwear to set fires

A North Fond du Lac man is accused of using stolen underwear to set several fires in the county. Michael L. Miller, 43, has been charged in Fond du Lac County with 27 counts--including arson and possession of child pornography. Details of the case were revealed in a criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2020 10:36:44 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Troy Gudie Appointed As The Interim Fire Chief For The City Of Onalaska

Onalaska’s fire department is in new hands for now. Troy Gudie was appointed Monday as the interim fire chief for the city of Onalaska. He’s stepping in for former chief Billy Hayes who abruptly resigned last week. Gudie was previously the assistant fire chief to Hayes. He says he would need to think more about taking the full time position.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2020 9:54:34 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Firefighters respond to fire at Sun Prairie bakery

A bread oven led to a fire at a Sun Prairie bakery Monday night. Dane County dispatch said it received a call at 6:17 p.m. for a report of a structure fire at Pan-O-Gold Baking on 1000 Wilburn Road. The caller originally told officials that flames were coming from a vent on the building’s roof. The Sun Prairie Fire Department responded to the scene and quickly extinguished the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2020 5:27:48 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Madison firefighters extinguish stove-top fire, treat man for minor injuries

Firefighters responded Sunday evening to a report of a fire coming from the third floor of an apartment building in the 400 block of West Main Street. Officials said the occupant of the apartment had left for a while, but when he returned he heard a smoke alarm sounding. When he entered his apartment he found a fire burning on and above his stove.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2020 3:43:25 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Village of Boyd feed mill collapses in flames

Multiple crews are responding to a feed mill fire in the Village of Boyd. According to police, firefighters were called to the Boyd Feed and Supply Feed Mill on Adams Street just before 4:30 a.m. Monday morning. When they arrived, the building was fully-engulfed in flames and neighbors were evacuated from the area.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2020 5:32:13 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

House destroyed by fire on Lakeshore Drive in the town of Linn

Firefighters were called to a blaze today on Lakeshore Drive for a house that was engulfed in flames and has been declared a total loss. The fire was reported about 10 a.m. in the single-family residence at W3219 S. Lakeshore Drive. Deputy Linn Fire Chief Jason Smith said at least one person was in the home at the time, but he escaped from the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2020 3:11:01 PM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

One-story residential home up in flames in Suamico

A fire broke out in a one-story residential home on Friday afternoon. The Suamico Fire Department says around 5 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a fire located on the 4000 blocks Sandburr Trail. Upon arrival, law enforcement says they found a one-story home with visible smoke and flames transpiring.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2020 7:42:15 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Wisconsin First Responders Ask Protestors to Be Socially Responsible

VIDEO: As protests to reopen states grow across the country, there is also the perspective of frontline workers who have taken the brunt of this pandemic. We talked to one Wisconsin first responder who is asking people to find a balance between their constitutional rights and social responsibility.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2020 6:06:01 PM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 1