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$100,000 fire truck display for Westside Community Building goes out to bid

An estimated $2.3 million Westside Community Service Building (WCSB) expansion project will go out to bid with a $100,000 option for an antique fire truck display. The remodel will accommodate 24/7 fire department service at the building with sleeping quarters and also add garage, kitchen, office and training space.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2018 9:21:33 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Human remains found in Langlade County after fire extinguished

According to a press release from the Langlade County Sheriff's Office, human remains were found after a fire was extinguished in the Town of Elcho. On Sunday at about 5:20 a.m., officials responded to a report of a fully engulfed structure fire at N11570 County Highway Z in Elcho. After the fire was extinguished, human remains were found.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2018 4:01:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Arson suspect in custody after house fire in Sparta

VIDEO: The Sparta Area Fire District fire chief, Mike Arnold, said a suspected arsonist set fire to a single story home in northern Sparta on Friday night. He said the fire was near the intersection of Kroeger Dr. and Meadowview Ln., about a block away from Sparta Meadowview Middle School. Responders were called to the scene at 9:13 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2018 3:32:14 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Saturday morning fire under investigation by the Racine Fire Department

A Saturday morning fire in an apartment on the 2800 block of Crossridge Drive, on the city’s far south side near the border with Mount Pleasant, is under investigation by the Racine Fire Department. Firefighters and the Racine Police Department responded to a second-floor apartment at about 8:12 a.m.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2018 11:26:20 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Fire chief to stay on in Wind Lake after resigning from Verona post

Don Catenacci, the fire chief of the Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Company, will remain in his post in Racine County after resigning last week from his part-time position as an assistant fire chief with the Verona Fire Department. Catenacci, accused by a Dane County firefighter’s union of multiple instances of misconduct in Verona, became Wind Lake’s first paid chief in September.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2018 8:17:22 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Fire crews battle early morning house fire in Fond du Lac

Fire crews will be out canvassing neighborhoods in Fond du Lac Friday after an early morning house fire. It broke out around 2 a.m. on the 100 block of W. Scott Street. When crews arrived they found smoke and flames shooting from the back of the 2-story home. The home was under renovation and no one was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2018 7:07:29 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Woman, firefighter hospitalized after structure fire in Village of Oregon, chief says

PHOTO: A woman and a firefighter were taken to the hospital after a fire at a home in the Village of Oregon, according to the fire chief. The call reporting the fire came in at 6:21 p.m. Thursday from an alarm company after a smoke alarm went off. Officials responded to the 200 block of South Burr Oak Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2018 6:17:04 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Holmen fire chief shares expertise in China

The Holmen Area Fire Department Chief Buck Manley has been sharing his expertise with firefighters half a world away. Along with overseeing the training and development of Holmen’s fire and emergency medical service personnel, Manley is teaching hazardous materials response techniques to Chinese firefighters and industrial emergency response personnel.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2018 1:44:58 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Fire in Outagamie County causes a million dollars' worth of damage

Multiple crews were called to fight a structure fire in Outagamie County. Firefighters responded to reports of a burning shed around 6:30 Thursday morning. The fire took place off Wick Road in Black Creek. The fire department says firefighters saw the flames when they arrived on the scene and immediately called for additional help from surrounding communities.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 6:33:15 PM - SOURCE: NBC26

Firefighters respond to house fire in Kaukauna

Firefighters were called to a fire about 11:30 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 300 block of West 10th Street. No one was home, and a passerby reported the fire, Kaukauna Fire Department Lt. Joe Resch told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. The fire appears to have started in a first-floor closet, and the home is likely a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 1:05:03 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Structure fire in Kenosha County shuts down Green Bay Road

VIDEO: Firefighters on Thursday morning, Dec. 27 responded to the scene of a fire at Dejno's Trucking -- located on Green Bay Road near 60th Street in Somers. The call came in around 3:15 a.m. The fire has been extinguished -- but the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Green Bay Road will be closed between STH 158 (52nd Street) and County Truck Highway K (60th Street), until further notice.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 5:49:24 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Madison's newest and biggest fire station to open today

VIDEO: In the case of an emergency, seconds matter. For years, people living on Madison's southeast side had to wait between 10 to 15 minutes for emergency crews to respond. That response time will be cut drastically starting today, with the official opening of Fire Station 14. Fire officials call the opening of the new station a big deal for the department in many ways.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 3:17:21 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire damages Town of Sun Prairie home

No injuries were reported in connection with a fire in the Town of Sun Prairie that caused $200,000 worth of damage on Dec. 26.Sun Prairie Fire Chief Chris Garrison said at 12:08 p.m., department personnel responded to a reported structure fire in the 2000 block of Manley Drive in the Town of Sun Prairie.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 2:42:54 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Sparta Fire Department had an especially busy holiday

VIDEO: A pair of holiday fires in Sparta strained families and emergency responders. The first, near the intersection of Montgomery and Black River streets, was reported in the early morning of Christmas Eve. A fire broke out in an apartment complex but was mostly contained within a single apartment.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2018 8:33:53 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

La Crosse Fire Department reports slight increase in 2018 incident responses

The La Crosse Fire Department responded to more than 6,000 incidents in 2018. That number, however, is only a slight increase from 2017. This year was kind to the La Crosse Fire Department under first-year Chief Ken Gilliam. He said there's still a lot to catch up on, but that there are plenty things to be proud of.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2018 5:16:08 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

One dead in house fire in Waushara County

A Christmas afternoon house fire ended in one death in the town of Rose, just west of Wild Rose. Waushara County dispatch received a call of a house fire at about noon on Tuesday at 17th Drive in Rose, which firefighters discovered to be fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. Extinguishing the fire required additional backup from other nearby fire departments, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2018 2:04:31 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Christmas morning fire destroys apartment in North Fond du Lac

A Christmas Day fire destroyed an apartment in North Fond du Lac. At 4:33, North Fond du Lac firefighters arrived at the building located at 396 Harrison Street. Crews started to attack the fire that started in one of the units. At 4:49 a.m., they called for mutual aid from other departments. At 6:20 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/25/2018 9:56:39 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

'We got into the fire service for a reason': Mount Pleasant firefighters discuss working on Christmas Day

VIDEO: For first responders, Christmas can mean spending time away from family to help serve the community. In Mount Pleasant, there were 15 South Shore firefighters working Christmas Day. "It can be difficult. I’m recently married so spending time away from my wife and her family and my family it can be tough, but we got into the fire service for a reason, we’re here to help people, we came into it with the understanding that we don’t get days off, we don’t get holidays off," said firefighter Alex Szewczyk.
- PUB DATE: 12/25/2018 8:57:40 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Columbia County officials investigate arson attempt at residence

Columbia County officials are investigating an arson attempt over the weekend in the Town of Arlington, according to a release. Columbia County sheriff’s officials responded just before 10 p.m. on Saturday to a 911 call for a residential fire, officials said. The residence was damaged in the fire, but officials did not release a damage estimate.
- PUB DATE: 12/25/2018 8:26:39 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Oconto man to receive Carnegie Medal for heroism

An Oconto man who rescued a drowning woman last year has been named a Carnegie Hero. Eugene Stamsta called his selection for the honor — which has recognized more than 10,000 people over nearly 115 years for risking their lives for others in life-threatening situations — as “overwhelming.” “I thought, I got my (award) from the city and that was nice, but I didn’t expect this at all,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2018 9:06:08 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette