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Appleton resident saved in house fire

An Appleton resident is okay after being rescued from a house fire. Appleton firefighters were called to the home on W. Reeve Street just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, crews saw smoke inside the home. Once inside, emergency crews found the resident lying on the floor by the door. The resident was safely taken out of the house and evaluated for possible injuries.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2018 4:43:23 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Sun Prairie firefighters bid farewell to Hydro, their 'unofficial mascot'

Members of the Sun Prairie Fire Department said goodbye to a four-legged friend this week. In a Facebook post, the fire department commemorated their "unofficial mascot," Hydro, who had to be put down Sunday morning after being hit by a truck on Saturday. Hydro was an 2-year-old Dalmation who belonged to the family of volunteer firefighter Matthew Scovill, a 9-year veteran firefighter who has been with the Sun Prairie Fire Department for three years.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

Ladysmith brothers steal $14,000 from woman after her house starts on fire, according to police

VIDEO: Two Ladysmith brothers face charges in connection with the theft of more than $14,000 from a Rusk County woman. Stephen Schultz was charged Monday. Gregory Schultz was charged earlier this month. According to the charges, a woman reported a fire happened at her house when she wasn't home last month.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2018 2:36:14 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Coordinating assets at a fire scene such as last week in Woodruff

The incident commander during the Monday night fire at Dolhun Field not far from Lake Tomahawk was Lake Tomahawk's fire chief, Doug Rehm. He said he had that role even though the fire was actually in the town of Woodruff. Rehm said the amount of water used to put the fire out was close to 200,000 gallons.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 11:49:32 PM - SOURCE: Lakeland Times Minocqua

Kilbourn Fire Department in Dells names Gavinski new chief

The saying “it runs in the family” applies to new fire chief Pat Gavinski when it comes to his family’s involvement with the Kilbourn Fire Department. Pat Gavinski said his father, Tim Gavinski was an assistant chief, grandfather, Bob Gavinski, was a former chief and his brother, Dillon Gavinski, was also involved with the department.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 7:40:32 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Column: Firefighter leader Mahlon Mitchell would take pay cut if elected governor

To hear him tell it, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell is a regular guy who splits his time between fighting fires and fighting for his fellow firefighters. But here's one big way he is not like your average Wisconsinite: Mitchell would have to take a pay cut if he's elected governor later this year.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 1:58:21 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department crosses generations with awards

Firefighters across the generations were honored this weekend in Sister Bay as the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department held its Christmas and Wives/Husbands Appreciation Party. Two of the honorees represent the third generation of their families to serve for the department with Mitch Olson Jr. earning the Chief’s Choice Award and Captain Kurt Knudson, who is retiring after 39 years.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 11:42:07 AM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Bar a total loss after early morning fire in Calumet County

No one was inside the bar or apartments. No one was injured. Officials say the building is a total loss and isn't structurally sound. The fire broke out around 4 a.m. Monday. A couple nearby homes were damaged by the fire. Officials aren't sure what caused the fire. Several roads in the area are closed.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 3:57:50 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

$440K in Racine apartment fire damage; all occupants escaped

A raging Saturday night blaze in a three-story apartment building caused an estimated $440,000 in damage, but all residents escaped the three-story building safely, the Racine Fire Department reported Sunday. Fire crews were called to the fire at 1045 Grand Ave. shortly after 8:30 p.m. The department later reported that working smoke alarms alerted the residents who were home at the time and allowed them to get out.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 2:20:50 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Pittsfield man killed in house fire on County B

VIDEO: A Pittsfield man died Friday in a house fire on County B east of Pulaski. According to the Brown County Sheriff's Office, the home at 6081 County B was engulfed in flames when authorities arrived at 8 a.m. Pulaski Tri-County Fire Department Fire Chief James Styczynski said the victim was an "older gentleman," who lived alone.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Dane County Ice Water Rescue Training for Deputies and Fire Fighters

VIDEO: Dane County Sheriff's Office and area fire fighters are coming together to receive training on how to save someone from icy waters. From snowmobiling to ice fishing, Wisconsinites know how to enjoy the winter weather and take advantage of the frozen lakes. However, there's a danger of falling into icy waters.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2018 11:49:02 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Firefighter injured, 5 displaced after Janesville apartment fire

Five people are displaced after an apartment fire Sunday morning in Janesville. The Janesville Fire Department were called to a two-story, four-unit apartment building in the 100 block of South High St. at 11:43 a.m. for reports of smoke and fire in the building, according to a release. When they arrived, all residents were safely out of the building, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2018 7:23:57 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Pardeeville Fire Department rescues dog that fell through thin ice

VIDEO: The Pardeeville Fire Department rescued a dog that fell through thin ice Saturday afternoon and the rescue was all caught on camera. Captain Mitch Wendt tells NBC15 that the dog fell into a pond near Highway CM. He believes the dog was chasing something when it fell in and she couldn’t get out.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2018 2:23:31 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Racine ceiling fan fire causes $13K in damages

A structure fire that started in a ceiling fan on Wednesday night caused $13,000 in damage to a home at 2416 Taylor Ave., according to a press release from the Racine Fire Department. No one was injured in the fire. Firefighters were dispatched to the house at approximately 9:20 p.m., after the occupants reported a fire in their upstairs bathroom ceiling fan.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 2:18:18 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Marshall man charged in death of missing Sun Prairie man

A 59-year-old Marshall man has been arrested on tentative charges of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the disappearance of a 21-year-old Sun Prairie man. At a press conference Thursday morning, Jan. 18 at the Marshall Fire Department, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said the search for Jesse Faber has become a homicide investigation.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 1:44:05 AM - SOURCE: Waterloo / Marshall Courier

Former Waukesha Fire Chief Jesse Alba files defamation lawsuit against woman he had affair with

VIDEO: Waukesha's former fire chief is firing back at the woman he had an affair with. Jesse Alba and his wife, Vickie, are bringing a defamation lawsuit against the woman who ultimately played a role in Alba losing his job. After a promotion to Waukesha's fire chief in May of 2013, Jesse Alba quickly found himself fighting to keep his job.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 9:48:26 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Crews put out Columbus house fire

Crews battled a house fire in Columbus on Thursday morning. The fire happened at a home in the 600 block of Spring Street on the second floor. NBC15 reached out to the Columbus Fire Chief, and we are waiting for a call back.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 7:53:41 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Two cows killed in Ellington barn fire

VIDEO: Two cows died in a barn fire in the 6600 block of Outagamie County JJ on Tuesday morning. There were about 60 cows inside the barn when the fire started, Ellington Fire Department Chief Jim Bentle told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. The fire was reported about 9:35 a.m., according to police call records.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 1:52:23 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

La Crosse Fire Department takes icy plunge for dive training

Every year, the La Crosse Fire Department holds ice dive rescue training. After finishing the classroom portion of training, the divers are ready to put what they learned into action. "We're going through the final certificate," said Captain Tom Griffith with the La Crosse Fire Department. "Basically, the final discipline for our newest divers to become full fledged divers with our team.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 6:51:55 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Delafield waits for new fire engine after totaling engine in October

The fire department has ordered a new fire truck at a cost of about $500,000 after totaling a truck while responding to assist with a Pewaukee fire in October. The city of Pewaukee will share a reserve vehicle with Delafield until the new truck arrives sometime in July Delafield Fire Chief Paul Kozlowski said the town had to pay a $1,000 deductible and insurance covered the rest of the accident, which occurred at N13 W28400 Silvernail Road.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 6:13:11 PM - SOURCE: Livinglakecountry