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Crews recover body of man swept away in Dane County flooding

VIDEO: Searchers on Tuesday recovered the body of a man who was wrenched away from would-be rescuers during flash flooding that forced evacuations around Wisconsin's capital city and cut power to many homes. More than 11 inches (28 centimeters) of rain fell overnight in places in or around Madison, according to the National Weather Service.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2018 7:19:52 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Suddenly, things were not so casual: Door Co. 1998 tornado left dent felt 20 years later

Aug. 23 in 1998 was a typical late-August day in Door County — warm, humid, enjoyed by those stretching the last few days of summer out by staying a just a little longer in the county. The frantic pace within the county, experienced all summer long, was slowly draining as families returned home to prepare for school.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2018 9:50:05 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

State Of Emergency Declared For Dane County

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi has declared a state of emergency and one person has been confirmed dead after a deluge of heavy rain fell Monday evening. Eleven to 13 inches of rain fell in some areas of western Dane County, according to the National Weather Service, flooding major roads and intersections and knocking out power to thousands of people.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2018 7:46:16 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Public Radio

Recovery effort underway for a missing person after flooding in Madison

VIDEO: Crews are now working to recover the body of a missing person after flooding on Madison's west side, according officials on the scene. The search was originally a rescue, but was switched to a recovery effort on Tuesday morning. Firefighters in Madison are looking for a person who is missing after being caught in a vehicle that stalled in floodwater.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2018 5:52:48 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

West Allis Fire Department Awarded International Reaccreditation Status

The West Allis Fire Department has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The West Allis Fire Department is one of more than 250 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2018 7:00:49 PM - SOURCE: West Allis, WI

New Lisbon Fire Department gets new equipment

Firefighters at the New Lisbon Fire Department has a new tool at their disposal. “Wabash bought us a new set of confined space equipment,” said New Lisbon Fire Chief Lynn Willard. “It’s a cart that’s got two one hour bottles on it and two SCBA masks with 100 feet of hose for each one.” The New Lisbon Fire Department also now has a small air tank they can use to establish an air supply to an individual in need of rescue.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2018 12:45:42 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

One Person Dead, One Missing After Pontoon Accident on Lake Wissota

VIDEO: One man is dead, and officials continue to search for another man after they went missing Saturday afternoon on Lake Wissota. According to Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk, the call came in Sunday morning shortly after 11. Kowalczyk confirmed on Sunday that a pontoon with a dog on board was up against the shoreline north of the hydro dam.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2018 7:39:45 AM - SOURCE: WLAX & WEUX-TV Fox 25 & 48

Weston family displaced by early morning fire

A fire that started in an attached garage spread to half of a home before it could be put out early Monday, according to fire department officials. Everyone was able to get out of the home in the 4800 block of Fuller Street when the fire broke out shortly after midnight, Weston, according to Fire Battalion Chief Steve Genrich of the South Area Fire and Emergency Response District.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2018 6:41:07 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Missing 55-year-old Rib Mountain man found dead

VIDEO: Police confirm a missing Rib Mountain man has died. According to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, 55-year-old Ian Turner died of natural causes. Crews searched hours for Turner after he left his home Saturday night. Officials confirm a missing 55-year-old Rib Mountain man has been found.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2018 5:38:34 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Fire leaves home on Madison's west side uninhabitable

Firefighters responded to a residential fire after a homeowner reported flames coming from the roof early Sunday morning, according to a news release. The Madison Fire Department responded to the 4600 block of Gray Fox Trail around 4:30 a.m. The fire was extinguished just after 6 a.m. Several people were inside the home at the time of the fire, though no residents were injured.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2018 12:53:52 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Mukwa home damaged in fire

A fire broke out in the basement of a home in the town of Mukwa shortly about noon Thursday. New London firefighters were paged to a fire at E8132 Weyauwega Road. Dispatch advised that the occupant was still inside the home trying to put out the fire on his own. When the first units arrived, they found all occupants outside the house.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 5:31:06 AM - SOURCE: Waupaca Now

Sun Prairie 'First Responders Night' will be special event

Anyone associated with Sun Prairie or the surrounding community will remember where they were on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 — numerous players and coaches of the Sun Prairie Cardinals football team included. According to a report from authorities a subcontractor punctured a gas main that resulted in a leak and led to the massive explosion that wiped out several businesses, including leveling Glass Nickel Pizza and The Barr House at the intersection of Main and Bristol streets.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 1:46:59 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Wausau firefighters to raise money for community foundation

VIDEO: The Wausau Firefighters Community Assistance Foundation Inc. is hosting a cornhole tournament this weekend, benefiting community members when tragedy strikes. All proceeds benefit the foundation and their efforts to assist members of the community in need. Firefighters said it's rewarding to raise money knowing it's going back into the community and to the members they serve.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 9:15:42 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Restoration work begins after downtown Waukesha fire

A day after a fire started outside a stairwell between Spring City Wine House and The Clarke Hotel in downtown Waukesha, fire restoration crews were busy working to address the damage caused to the two businesses and the neighboring Steaming Cup. Employees from Emergency Restoration Specialists, Inc.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 6:18:55 AM - SOURCE: Greater Milwaukee Today - GM Today

Horses Lost in Racine County Barn Fire

Authorities are investigating the cause of a barn fire this week that killed at least nine horses in southeastern Wisconsin. According to the Caledonia Fire Department, firefighters responded to the blaze on a small farm near Franksville on Monday evening. When crews arrived on scene, a person was trying to rescue the animals that were trapped inside the structure.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 3:47:07 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Ag Connection

Mosinee house fire closes Old Hwy 51 for several hours

VIDEO: A driver reported seeing smoke at a house on Old Highway 51 in Mosinee around 5:30 P.M. Wednesday afternoon. Part of that highway was then closed off for several hours as numerous fire departments responded. Officials said the fire was mostly contained to the attic, but the house sustained heavy damage.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 10:10:06 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Milton, Janesville to discuss joint fire station

VIDEO: Janesville and Milton already share borders, but sometimes, the two Rock County cities share a little bit more with one another. As is the trend with more and more cities in Wisconsin, the two have begun sharing fire services when necessary. “There’s situations where Janesville gets overwhelmed with calls or we have a large fire and we need them for their assistance," said joint Fire Chief Randall Banker.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 9:54:13 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Six firefighters injured while battling fire in downtown Waukesha

PHOTO: Six firefighters were injured Tuesday while battling a fire in Waukesha. The Waukesha Fire Department was dispatched to the 300 block of East Main Street for a report of smoke in the area. While in route, crews were told that the fire was coming from the Spring City Wine House. First crews on scene reported a possible working fire in the wall of the business with light smoke coming from the wall.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 5:05:29 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58

Wisconsin primary: Greenville voters approve plan for $6.5 million fire station

The town will get a new $6.5 million fire station to replace its existing 50-year-old station. Voters on Tuesday approved a referendum for the new station by a vote of 1,895 to 1,385 (58 percent to 42 percent). "We're very pleased with the outcome," Town Administrator Joel Gregozeski told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 3:30:17 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

New Richmond shed destroyed following lightning strike

The New Richmond Fire Department and Ambulance Service responded to a shed fire at around 1 p.m. Thursday, June 14. Firefighters were on the scene of the blaze for about two hours, according to Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst. VanderWyst said the shed was struck by a lightning bolt and it hit a propane line, which ignited the building.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 7:16:40 PM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

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