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Four people rescued from boat on Mississippi River near La Crosse

First responders rescued four people from a houseboat stranded on the Mississippi River on Tuesday night. The people on the boat called for help around 8 p.m. One of those on board told News 8 Now the vessel’s propeller failed, and they started floating south. Town of Campbell firefighters pulled the boat and the people on it to safety.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2022 8:01:25 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Greendale firefighter's Muskego home burned, chief receives VFW hero's award

Saying thank you from one hero to another, the Wisconsin VFW honored a Greendale fire chief for his service to his community, including one of his own firefighters. In February, Greendale Fire Lieutenant Mike Schmitt was among the crews rushing to a house fire in Muskego. He'd learn the fire was at his home.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Follow Up: Minocqua fire chief says hot material dumped into building started transfer station fire

Earlier Monday morning the Minocqua Waste Management Hauling & Transfer Station burst into flames. The fire broke out in the main processing building. A neighbor near the waste management station said he heard a loud explosion before noticing smoke coming from the area. 19 fire departments from around the Northwoods responded with 50 trucks and 150 firefighters coming through to help.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander

Crews respond to Cooks Valley barn fire

Crews from two Chippewa County fire departments are battling a fire at a farm on County Highway C in the township of Cooks Valley. A firefighter on the scene said a large farm shed burned down, with only the concrete lower walls and foundation still standing. Fire departments from Bloomer and Tilden responded Monday afternoon, along with Eagle Point and the Chippewa Fire District.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2022 1:35:00 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Multiple agencies fight structure fire at UW Agricultural Research Station in Arlington

VIDEO: Deforest Fire Department responded Sunday afternoon to reports of a barn on fire at the Arlington Research Station and multiple other local fire departments followed quickly to assist, UW Police said. DeForest Fire crews were dispatched around 4 p.m. and more than a dozen agencies responded to the fire total.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Over a dozen emergency crews respond to Door County fire

Over a dozen emergency crews assisted with a Door County house fire Sunday. The Egg Harbor Fire Department said crews responded to a grass fire that spread to a home at 6072 Windsong Bluff Drive around 10 a.m. Firefighters saw flames coming from the second story of the home. “Fire crews made an aggressive fire attack until water supply ran low,” Chief Justin MacDonald posted on social media.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

VIDEO: Multiple homes damaged by fire in Milwaukee, firefighter injured

Milwaukee fire crews say three homes are damaged, and a firefighter injured after a fire broke out Sunday morning on the city's southside. The fire taking place near 20th and Grant. The acting battalion chief with the Milwaukee Fire Department says everyone was able to get out of all three homes safely, besides the Firefighter with minor injures.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2022 11:49:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Trailer catches fire after crash in Columbia County, traffic impacted

PHOTOS: A semi-tractor trailer started on fire after a crash on I-39/90/94 Thursday morning and Facebook users are giving their best guesses about what was in the trailer. According to a Wisconsin State Patrol Facebook post, lanes going south are impacted and the 511 website showed the right lane was blocked (last updated at 10:46 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Follow-up: Kaukauna among Fox Valley fire departments seeking greater collaboration

Kaukauna Fire Chief Jake Carrel, along with four other Fox Valley fire departments, have enlisted the Wisconsin Policy Forum to help them consider options for enhanced collaboration or new service sharing arrangements. The report presents options that would allow the departments to “start small” and build over time toward more comprehensive collaborations.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kaukauna Community News

Historic Grantsburg Fire Station bell has a new home

The Grantsburg Rural Fire Association continues to make improvements to their fire station property, and last week completed the installation of a unique piece of local firefighting history, that also has a bit of a sad tale behind it. The original Grantsburg Fire Station bell was installed on the corner of South Pine Street and East Broadway, also showing a placard of the history and background of the huge iron fixture.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Burnett County Sentinel - Metered Site

Worker injured at Milwaukee construction site

A worker was injured Thursday afternoon at a construction site near the Milwaukee lakefront. The Milwaukee Fire Department confirmed it was called to the 900 block of East Michigan Street for a person injured. Crews used a basket to lift the construction worker out of the site and then took the person to an area hospital.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Firefighters respond to 2-alarm fire at Ruby's Bagels in Oak Creek

VIDEO: Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at Ruby's Bagels on Rawson Avenue in Oak Creek Wednesday evening, June 22. A firefighter suffered a minor injury, and two people were evaluated for smoke inhalation, Oak Creek fire officials said. The first crews on the scene around 4:30 p.m. reported smoke coming from the roof and started attacking the fire from the inside of the building.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Follow-up: Survivors describe being in the April Town of Niagara home explosion

VIDEO: Two people were inside a mobile home when it exploded in Niagara this past April. The shocking explosion was felt in the Town of Niagara and heard 30 miles away. In an exclusive interview, Joe and Debi Hendrichs sit down with our Brittany Schmidt, detailing their near-death experience in hopes of saving lives by bringing attention to the accident that could have killed them.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

2 separate fires in Racine; 10 displaced

The City of Racine Fire Department responded to two fires within hours of each other on Wednesday, June 22. Both fires were on exterior decks of multi-family apartment buildings. The first fire occurred in the area of Erie Street and Hubbard Street around 4 p.m. on an upper unit entrance wooden deck.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

VIDEO: West Allis trailer fire, 3-year-old rescued

Body camera video shows a 3-year-old boy being rescued from a burning home in West Allis early Sunday, June 19. The intense video shows West Allis police and firefighters not giving up. West Allis police shared video Tuesday. It shows panic, emotion and the moment a boy was carried away from a burning home.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Firefighters save four dogs, but residents removed from home in Neenah house fire

Four people and six dogs are without a home due to a kitchen fire in Neenah that happened Tuesday. According to a release, around 5:00 p.m., the Neenah-Menasha Fire Department was sent to the 1200 Block of Honeysuckle Lane for reports of smoke showing at a single-family residence. After arriving on the scene, firefighters learned that of the six dogs, four of them were still inside the burning house with one of them being in a cage.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Green Bay first responders prepared for heat-related illnesses

Summer lived up to its name as the first day of the season brought a heat index of 100 degrees or more to Northeast Wisconsin. As Mother Nature continued to bring on the heat Tuesday, Wisconsinites are trying to find ways to stay cool. It was obvious why folks were hanging out at the pool. Just ask the Candela family.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

La Crosse woman charged with arson for May house fire

A 23-year-old La Crosse woman facing arson and second-degree recklessly endangering safety charges appeared in court Tuesday. Brianna Lawrence allegedly started a fire May 3 at 1917 Prospect St. that caused an estimation of more than $70,000 in damage to the property, according to the criminal complaint.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2022 1:22:19 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Controlled burn gets out of control at River Valley Ranch mushroom farm

A controlled-burn of scrap materials at the River Valley Ranch mushroom farm, 39960 60th St., went wrong, catching plastic planting trays on fire an creating a smoke cloud large enough to be seen from Green Bay Road in Kenosha and from Lake Geneva in Walworth County Tuesday morning. Cheri Petkus, a manager at River Valley Ranch & Kitchens, which sits across Highway 50 from the farm, said she noticed the fire and called 911.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2022 11:30:00 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News - Metered Site

Central southern Ozaukee County fire department may be studied

A joint southern Ozaukee County fire and EMS department has already been created, and now a group of communities in the county’s central section will begin discussions about consolidating their operations. The communities that oversee the Grafton, Cedarburg, Saukville and Port Washington fire departments will all consider signing a memorandum of understanding in the coming weeks, with the villages of Grafton and Saukville and the city of Port Washington taking it up this week.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2022 8:57:00 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee News And Event


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