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Widow of Sun Prairie firefighter killed in explosion sued for money owed on destroyed Barr House

The wife of a volunteer firefighter killed in an explosion in downtown Sun Prairie is being sued for $138,000 due to the money owed on the local bar they owned together, according to lawsuit documents. Capt. Cory Barr was a firefighter, local business owner and father. He was killed in an explosion in downtown Sun Prairie last summer.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2019 4:50:09 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Officials investigate fatal fire in Marquette County

One person was found dead inside a Marquette County home after crews put out a fire Saturday, officials said. The Marquette County Sheriff's Office said deputies and fire crews responded to a report of a fire at a structure on Cass Street in the city of Montello. According to the report, the home was engulfed in flames when crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2019 8:59:25 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Skydiver hurt in Chippewa Co. after parachute tangles

On Sunday, April 21, 2019 at about 12:16 p.m. the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office responded to an EMS call of a reported sky diving accident at 6482 CTH K, , Chippewa Falls, WI. The address was that of the Bateman Airport in the Town Of Lafayette. Based on the investigation, a male, later identified as Chad R.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2019 8:50:49 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Marshfield Fire and Rescue to start 'School to Work' program

In Marshfield, a new "School to Work" program is being developed by the city's fire and rescue department, and Relief Lieutenant Erik Jonas says all it's part of an effort to buck a national trend that's seeing new recruits down by around 80-to-85% in some locations. "The Marshfield Fire Department has recognized the need to actively recruit local people," Jonas explained.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2019 3:09:44 AM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Firefighters battle 2-alarm blaze at apartment building in Milwaukee

Firefighters were on scene of a two-alarm fire at an apartment building near Fond du Lac and Good Hope Sunday night, April 21. It happened around 8:30 p.m. By 9:30 p.m., the flame were extinguished -- and FOX6 News was awaiting word on any injuries. Two residents leaving the scene said everyone made it out OK -- but there were concerns that a woman may have been injured.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2019 8:12:54 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Barn severely damaged after fire in Sparta

Officials say a barn was badly damaged after a fire in Monroe County. It happened at a farm on Independence Rd., between Sparta and Tomah, around 5:00AM Sunday morning. Officials say the property owners woke up after hearing a small explosion outside. That’s when they called 911. The Sparta Area Fire District and Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene to a barn fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2019 2:47:23 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Wausau man accused of laundromat arson charged

The man accused of burning down a Wausau laundromat and flower shop last week was charged with arson Friday afternoon in Marathon County court. According to court documents Azeez Hakeem, 31, of Wausau, admitted to officers at the scene that he started the fire that destroyed Rainbow Laundry and Blossoms and Bows during the early morning hours of April 9.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2019 2:01:59 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Neenah firefighters teaching middle school students physical fitness

VIDEO: Middle school students in Neenah are learning about what it takes to be a firefighter, but the drills are more than just a lesson in physical fitness. Shattuck Middle School gym classes are a little different this week. In addition to promoting health and physical fitness, the 7th and8th graders are getting a hands-on lesson about the physical demands firefighters face.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2019 8:56:47 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Fire damages New London bar

According to a news release from the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office, a fire just before 4:30 p.m. Thursday damaged the Log Cabin Bar on Highway 54 in the Town of Mukwa. Firefighters say they found heavy smoke coming from the basement, below some living quarters, at the back of the bar. The basement was destroyed by the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 8:34:51 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

‘Buy time and save lives:’ Powerful demonstration in Milwaukee shows effectiveness of fire sprinkler systems

It's a powerful demonstration of the effectiveness of fire sprinkler systems. The Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition on Thursday, April 19 featured a live fire demonstration of fire sprinklers. "Fire sprinklers buy time and save lives," said Michael Wos, Executive Director of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 3:54:19 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Lake Mills firefighter proposes to his girlfriend mid-flight

VIDEO: What a way to begin a vacation. Lake Mills Firefighter Andy Brinkmann proposed to his girlfriend mid-flight, with the help of the Frontier Airlines flight staff. Originally Brinkman planned to propose on a trip in January. But on New Year's Eve tragedy struck when he lost his close friend and colleague Lake Mills Fire Captain, Chris Truman.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 2:27:27 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Kaukauna Plant Loses Coal Supply Following Fire

The Kaukauna Fire Department responded to a fire at 600 Thilmany Road at approximately 4:45 Thursday morning. When crews arrived on scene at Ahlstrom-Munksjö Thilmany plant, they found a coal hopper with approximately 40 tons of coal on the fire. Firefighters were then able to direct hose-lines onto the fire engulfing the storage hopper.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 8:07:57 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

No injuries reported after fire at Green Bay Packaging

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at Green Bay Packaging Wednesday night. According to a press release from the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, crews were called around 9:30 p.m. to the manufacturing facility located at 831 Radisson St. When firefighters arrived, smoke from inside the plant could be seen from outside.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 5:38:24 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Port Washington's search finds dearth of full-time firefighters

Port Washington Fire Chief Mark Mitchell had hoped to hire a full-time firefighter/paramedic by June, but that probably won’t happen. Mitchell told the Police and Fire Commission last week that only two people applied for the job, and neither met the city’s requirements for the post. “I was very, very, very surprised,” Mitchell said.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 1:47:47 AM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Press

North Shore Fire Chief speaks out after Bayside fire

Three weeks after a massive fire put dozens of people out of their bayside homes, the fire department is asking themselves: "How did we do?" CBS 58 sat down with the North Shore Fire Chief for an honest assessment. Chief Robert Whitaker says he wishes more of the building could have been saved but it wasn't North Shore's top priority that night.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 8:36:56 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

I-41 pileup: Emergency responders honored for efforts in 131-car pileup in Neenah

Nearly two months after a massive, historic pileup on Interstate 41, emergency workers who responded to the chaotic situation were recognized for their sterling efforts. Police and firefighters rushed to the scene of the 131-car pileup on Feb. 24. Paramedics pulled patients away from their vehicles and tow trucks cleared disabled cars from the road.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 1:00:36 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Legislation to rename Post Office for late Sun Prairie Captain Barr introduced

Wisconsin's Congressional delegation is introducing a bill to rename the Sun Prairie Post Office building for the late Fire Captian Cory Barr. Barr is credited with evacuating more than 100 people from a downtown Sun Prairie building in July 2018 after it exploded from a natural gas leak. The blast leveled most of a city block, including the Barr House restaurant which Cory and his wife Abby owned.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 9:31:09 AM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

'We're in it together,' Pierce County dispatcher says during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

They may remember the voice, but they may never know the face. Community members around the world rely on the voice behind a 9-1-1 call every time they pick up the phone to dial for an emergency. Dispatchers on the other end of the 9-1-1 call are a vital piece of the puzzle that could save a person's life, either a community member or an emergency serviceman or woman, in a matter of moments.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 6:54:45 AM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Lit candle ignites fire at Madison apartment building; 1 person displaced

Dozens of people were evacuated from a downtown Madison apartment building early Monday morning, fire officials said. The Madison Fire Department said one person is displaced from The Frances apartments following a fire at about 2:30 a.m. in the 200 block of North Frances Street. An occupant told firefighters that the fire was in his second-floor unit.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Channel 3000

REV Group builds custom mobile survive alive house for Milwaukee Fire Department

Milwaukee Fire Department has an education program to teach young people about the dangers of fire and fire safety. The Mobile Survive Alive House is an integral part of this program. “The job of firefighting has evolved over the years, educating children on fire safety has become an important part of our community efforts,” stated Lieutenant Michael Ball, Community Relations Director for the Milwaukee Fire Department, “The Survive Alive House is a key component of how we demonstrate fire safety to children.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hastings Tribune