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Fountain City transfers property for new fire station

The Fountain City Community Fire Association cleared apparent final hurdles in taking ownership of property where it eventually intends to build a new fire station. The city council approved transferring deed to surveyed property lines that include an acre of land and bathhouse facility located off State Highway 35 where a community swimming pool used to sit on the city’s south side.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Winona Daily News

Crash injures two and spills gasoline into Wisconsin Rapids intersection

VIDEO: A crash that injured two people Wednesday afternoon spilled gasoline into the intersection of Riverview Expressway and West Grand Avenue. A man driving north in an SUV on the Riverview Expressway attempted to make a left turn on a green light onto West Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids Police Lt.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2017 3:05:12 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Janesville Fire Department responds to house fire on Old Kennedy Road

Janesville firefighters put out a house fire on Old Kennedy Road in Milton on Wednesday afternoon. A man who said he lives in the house at 4446 Old Kennedy Road said he and four dogs got out and away from the fire safely. Barbara Lein, who also lives in the home, said she returned with her daughter and saw the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2017 2:39:48 PM - SOURCE: Walworth County Today

Kraig Biefeld selected as interim Watertown chief

Assistant fire Chief Kraig Biefeld will once again assume the role of interim fire chief after being selected by the city's Police and Fire Commission in its meeting Monday night. Biefeld will undertake the duties and responsibilities of former fire Chief Greg Michalek while the commission continues its search for a new chief.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2017 4:27:16 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Waukesha teen faces charges for throwing flaming bottle at mother’s ex-boyfriend’s house

VIDEO: A Waukesha teen is behind bars after police say she lashed out at her mother's ex-boyfriend. Police say the girl confessed to making a molotov cocktail and hurling it onto the man's front porch. Black scorch marks darken the siding of a Waukesha home. Investigators say 17-year-old Natasha Garczynski spent more than a decade plotting her revenge against her mother's ex-boyfriend.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2017 8:40:32 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Panels slow hiring of Door County Emergency Services supervisors

Three Door County Board committees spent several hours last week discussing adding a command level to the county's Emergency Services Department medical responders operation. The department serves two functions: It is tasked with providing medical response and developing plans for dealing with emergencies that are not necessarily medically related.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2017 3:25:23 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

La Crosse Fire Department creates training scenario downtown

The need for full time firefighters is high at the La Crosse Fire Department after a year of heavy turnover. The loss of several members of the department has left voids in certain shifts and the department is looking to recruits to step up and fill those holes. "Before we assign them to a shift and get them on some sort of 24 hour shift, we want to make sure they have the basic understanding of all the things they can run into on the street on a day to day basis," Division Chief Frank Devine, said.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2017 4:55:57 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

4-year-old boy drowns in Browns Lake in Racine County

A 4-year-old Racine boy drowned on Monday afternoon in Browns Lake, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling confirmed. The child went missing at about 5:10 p.m. according to emergency radio transmissions, and was located at about 5:40 p.m. The child was rushed by Burlington Rescue crews to Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington, dispatch reports indicated.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2017 2:16:07 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Evacuated residents return home after gas leak in Madison

Homeowners who were evacuated after a gas leak in the 4300 block of Crawford Drive in Madison were allowed back into their homes about five hours after the leak was detected. The Madison Fire Department says Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) found high readings outside of 4353 Crawford Drive around 8:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2017 9:22:19 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Second floor a 'total loss' in Portage County house fire

VIDEO: There are no injuries but the second floor of a home in the Town of Dewey is a total loss after a fire Sunday, according to the Town of Dewey Fire Chief LeRoy Pukrop. It happened around 3:30 Sunday evening, and it took crews about two hours to fight the flames. The assistant fire chief was first on scene and saw smoke, and made the box alarms to call in aid.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2017 5:25:55 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Staff: Door County's Shipwrecked Brew Pub building likely destroyed by fire

VIDEO: An historic building in Door County is likely destroyed after a fire that firefighters spent all of Sunday battling at a brew pub. Fire crews were called to Shipwrecked Brew Pub in Egg Harbor around 11 a.m. Sunday. The general manager of the restaurant says the fire started after an air conditioner on the second floor caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2017 5:16:10 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Milwaukee Fire Department raises money for fellow firefighters battling serious health issues

Holding a fundraiser to help some of their own, the “Axemen” Milwaukee chapter came together for four local firefighters on Saturday, August 19th. The group comprised of mostly firefighters grilling and hanging out at “The Point” bar in Walker’s Point. Raising money for two firefighters from Milwaukee and two from West Allis.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2017 8:54:42 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Beloit Fire braces to lose three positions as federal grant expires

VIDEO: Beloit Fire is bracing for big changes next year. That's when the Federal Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant runs out. Without the funding, the department could lose three positions. "When I started in 1989, we were running 2400 calls a year," Beloit Fire Chief Brad Liggett said.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2017 5:13:17 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Wheaton barn a total loss after fire; more than 100 firefighters on scene

VIDEO: A barn is a total loss after a fire this morning in Chippewa County. The Chippewa Fire District says it happened just after 5 a.m. on 40th Street in the Town of Wheaton. The owner of the property was feeding farm animals when he saw the fire in the northwest corner of the barn. When crews first arrived on scene, they say the fire had extended the entire length of the 270 ft.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2017 3:50:06 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Racine child playing with fire blamed for closet fire

A child playing with fire reportedly was the cause of a closet blaze on the near northside Wednesday evening. Racine firefighters were called to what appears to be a two-story, single family home at 1231 Marquette St., just after 6 p.m. for a report of a fire. When crews arrived they found an adult had doused a fire in a closet with buckets of water.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2017 2:30:31 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Man who died in Superior elevator shaft fall ID’d as maintenance worker

The 63-year-old man who died Tuesday after falling down an elevator shaft at the Androy Hotel in Superior was a maintenance worker, authorities said Wednesday. The Superior Police Department said in a news release that it is classifying the death as accidental, and that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been made aware of the incident and will be conducting an investigation.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2017 2:18:55 AM - SOURCE: Daily Telegram-Superior

Annual meeting will take steps toward new Lodi fire station

Local government representatives will look at the next steps in building a new joint EMS-Fire Department station on Aug. 21. The Lodi Fire Board annual meeting will examine a Request for Proposals that solicits a firm to review current EMS and fire facilities, plus target sites for a future station. At an Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2017 1:47:06 AM - SOURCE: Lodi Enterprise

Shawano County Sheriff Confirms One Deceased In Morning House Explosion

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department has concluded that one person was killed in the Thursday morning explosion in the Town of Wescott. “We were able to determine that there was one female in the residence at the time of the explosion and we found her deceased inside the home.” Shawano County Detective Gordon Kowalski says there were able to make contact with one of the homeowners, who was out of town and not home at the time of the explosion.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TCH Daily News

Gov. Scott Walker administration scales back fire sprinkler rule in second reversal on issue

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has determined it cannot enforce a 7-year-old requirement that fire sprinklers be put in new apartment buildings with three to 20 units — a rule that fire officials contend is one of the best ways to save lives. The development comes six months after an administration official pledged to keep the rule in place.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: journal sentinel

Explosion destroys home in Shawano County

VIDEO: A Shawano County home was leveled in an early morning explosion that shook other homes in the neighborhood. The explosion happened on Richter Court in the Town of Wescott. On the way to the scene, our crew found house insulation littering the road. A Shawano County Sheriff's Deputy says the house is leveled.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2017 7:51:45 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison


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