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West Side lab evacuated after chemical container leaked hazardous substance, Madison authorities say

A West Side lab was evacuated Tuesday morning after a chemical container leaked a hazardous substance, the Madison Fire Department reported. The evacuation of Mirus Bio, 5602 Research Park Blvd., began after the container holding a chemical known to be toxic and flammable became compromised, causing a leak and chemical vapors reportedly to waft through the hallways and to another floor via the building’s ventilation system, Fire Department spokesperson Cynthia Schuster said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal - Metered Site

Multiple units from Janesville Fire Department respond to fire at landfill

The Janesville Fire Department had multiple units on scene Wednesday afternoon at the City of Janesville Landfill for a garbage fire. In a Facebook post, the Janesville Police Department stated they are not sure of what caused the fire. The fire is located on the northwest corner of the property. The smoke can be seen from miles away, according to police.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Fire causes extensive damage at downtown Eau Claire residence

A Wednesday night fire caused an estimated $150,000 damage to a downtown residence, firefighters say. According to the Eau Claire Fire Department: The fire was reported at 11:26 p.m. at 706 Hobart St. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire on both floors of the two-story residential structure.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2022 6:30:00 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram - Metered Site

Western Technical College receives nearly $195K for youth firefighter training

Wisconsin's Technical College System is helping out Western Technical College in a major way. The system presented WTC with a check for $194,792 on Wednesday afternoon. School officials said the funds will go toward Western's Youth Firefighter Training Program. It provides dual credits for high school students working to obtain their firefighter certification.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Oshkosh assistant fire chief to retire after more than 3 decades of service

After 32 years with the Oshkosh Fire Department, Assistant Chief John Ziemer is set to retire Friday. Ziemer has held several different roles with the Oshkosh Fire Department and city throughout his career. There will be a gathering Friday at 10 a.m. to celebrate Ziemer's years of service and his retirement at Station 15, 101 Court St.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLUK-TV FOX 11 Green Bay

Emergency crews respond to large house fire in McFarland

Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett says a home and two cars in the Town of Dunn are total losses after a fire. Dane County Sheriff's Office PIO Elise Schaffer said the two homeowners were inside when they smelled smoke coming from the attached garage. They evacuated without injury. Barrett credited first responders' quick actions with preventing more damage.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson announces nominations for Fire and Police Commission

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson announced his nominees for the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission. There are two vacant positions on the board, and Mayor Johnson is recommending Gerard Washington and Ruben A. Burgos for the seats. According to a news release from the mayor's office, Washington has more than 25 years of experience working for the Milwaukee Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2022 1:57:08 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Child pulled from Lake Michigan near Kenosha's Pennoyer Park

A 5-year-old child was pulled from Lake Michigan near downtown Kenosha Tuesday evening, July 12. The child's condition is unknown at this time. It happened at the beach near Pennoyer Park during the city's weekly concert series at the bandshell. The child was pulled from the water at about 7:15 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Area fire department assists at Outagamie County fire

A fire in Outagamie County over the weekend may have had the largest response to a fire in Wisconsin history. Officials say a fire at a paper warehouse in the village of Combined Locks saw 700 responders from 67 fire departments. The Pittsville Fire Department was asked to send a strike team to haul water, so they drove nearly two hours to assist throughout the night.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Madison Fire Department: Broken fan allows CO levels to rise in Madison apartment building garage

A broken exhaust fan is blamed for carbon monoxide building up inside the underground garage of a Madison apartment building. According to the Madison Fire Department, someone pulled into the garage, in the 90 block of Kessel Court, on Monday night and called 911 after hearing an alarm and noticing an odor.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2022 10:33:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Fire chief: Combined Locks fire response may be largest in Wisconsin history

VIDEO: Firefighters from across the state say they’re still recovering from the Combined Locks fire that engulfed a paper warehouse over the weekend. The Combined Locks fire chief said Monday this fire had one of the biggest -- if not the biggest -- fire responses in Wisconsin’s history. He also said he couldn’t be more grateful for the help from 67 agencies and 700 emergency responders who helped to put this fire out.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

La Crosse city committee okays budget increases on new fire station project

A couple of changes to the new city fire station being built near the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The La Crosse Board of Public Works approved Monday alterations to the project’s nearly $4 million budget. Interim fire chief Jeff Murphy said during the meeting the air conditioning for the station requires more structural support than originally planned.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIZM-AM 1410/FM 92.3 La Crosse

Milwaukee first responders' timely response gave a local man another chance at life

Time is of the essence when it comes to life or death situations, and fortunately for Dale Wilbourn, first responders' timely response gave him another chance at life. A simple hug and a thank you is something he doesn't take for granted anymore. "I'm glad I'm here to even witness this," he said. May 9, Wilbourn showed up to work at The MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary, much like every other day.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2022 3:40:46 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Adventure day to be held again in Sun Prairie firefighter’s memory

Adventure Day, a fundraiser event for the Sunshine Place, will be held for its second year on Thursday to honor the memory of Sun Prairie Fire Captain Cory Barr, the City of Sun Prairie announced. The event will be hosted by the Downtown Sun Prairie’s Business Improvement District (BID) on Thursday from 2:30-7 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2022 12:32:55 PM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Fire in Peshtigo kills two dogs, under investigation

Officials are saying that a residential fire in Peshtigo is under investigation, but not considered suspicious. According to the Peshtigo Fire Department, on July 10 around 3 p.m. crews were sent to a residence on Woodridge Drive for a reported garage fire. When officials arrived, heavy smoke and fire was reportedly spreading to the residence and attic.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Occupants safe after Janesville residential fire

Two occupants, two dogs and a cat are safe after a residential fire started at a Janesville duplex on Sunday, the Janesville fire department said. Janesville Fire responded to a residential duplex fire after being told one person wasn’t out of the house. Heavy fire roared for the garage door and roof as officials arrived.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2022 8:39:07 PM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Sun Prairie Fire Chief remembered 4 years after explosion

The Sun Prairie Fire and Rescue Company held a ceremony remembering the life of Captain Cory Barr on Sunday night, who died responding to a gas leak explosion in 2018. The ceremony recognized not only his work, but the work of everyone who responded that day. It was also a time for members of the department to celebrate their captain.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2022 7:51:29 PM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Man hurt in Glendale home explosion

A man is injured after a home explosion in Glendale. Firefighters used high-powered streams to knock down unstable parts of the house here in the 5600 block of North Sievers Place, which they say is a total loss. Neighbors say it started with a big boom. They say at first they thought it was a tree falling over -- then they saw flames.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2022 4:39:39 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Four without a home, one dog dead in Brown County fire

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department has given an update on the fire that took place on the 2800 Block of Conesta Drive in the Village of Bellevue. According to Lieutenant Shauna Walesh, a little after 11:15 a.m., the Green Bay Metro Fire Department received a call for a structure fire with smoke from the attic area.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Dry season brings higher fire risk over a majority of central Wisconsin

Although a majority of central Wisconsin has seen quite a bit of rainfall over the past week, much of the area is still seeing a high fire risk due to the dry climate. When land and vegetation become dry, fire and heat can spread much more quickly, causing fires to burn out of control. Jerry Minor, the Pittsville Fire Chief, says wildfires are the most common type of fire they respond to during the dry season.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

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