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Milwaukee police investigating arson on city's north side, suspect arrested

The Milwaukee Police Department is investigating a fire that happened Tuesday, April 7 on Wabash Court just west of 76th Street on the city’s north side. Police have opened an arson investigation, noting that the fire was intentionally started inside a residence around 2:20 a.m. The American Red Cross, who provided assistance to 18 people affected by the fire, said the fire happened at multi-unit group home.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2020 3:45:43 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Burning banned statewide due to COVID-19

Burning leaves and other debris is banned not just in the local area, but statewide. Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department Chief Terry Johnson said in a March 30 release that the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, had instituted a burning ban in the Cambridge Fire District in Dane and Jefferson counties.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2020 1:41:13 AM - SOURCE: Cambridge News / Deerfield Independent

Beloit: Partnership gives temporary homes to first responders

Fire departments across the region have implemented new procedures to ensure the safety of first responders and a partnership elevated the options for some departments. "We've got to be prepared to be able to quarantine or isolate any of our people in case they run into a potential exposure." South Beloit Fire Chief Michael Davenport said.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIFR-TV CBS 23 Beloit

Student learns to sew, donates masks to Beloit first responders

Not all heroes wear capes. 10-year-old Aldrich Intermediate student SaMera Richardson is spending her time at home during the coronavirus/COVID-19 disruption learning to sew and make face masks that she donated to the Beloit Fire Department. “My mom used to be a first responder and I like how they always help people no matter what’s going on,” she said.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2020 8:15:38 PM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Two dead in Mount Pleasant motorcycle crash

Two people died in a Monday morning motorcycle crash, Mount Pleasant Police confirmed Monday afternoon. At approximately 8:30 a.m. Monday, Mount Pleasant Police and South Shore firefighters responded to the area of Highway 11 and International Drive for a reported motorcycle crash, according to a Mount Pleasant Police Department news release.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2020 4:42:45 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Longtime Janesville seamstress helps local first responders

Longtime Janesville seamstress Diane Jacobson likes to keep her sewing machines busy and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s donating reusable medical gowns and cloth masks to Rock County first responders. Jacobson donated 11 reusable cloth medical gowns to the Beloit Fire Department last week and is in the process of making 20 more for Janesville Fire Department staff.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2020 8:20:32 PM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Milwaukee: Woman dies after house fire in Bay View, firefighters urge working smoke detectors

An elderly woman died Saturday after a house fire in the Bay View neighborhood. “There was smoke pouring out of every window the basement, the vents in the roofs, there was just smoke coming out of everywhere," said neighbor Chris Haertl. Fire and smoke engulfed this house on the corner. A neighbor said three people lived inside: a woman in her 80s, her son in his 60s, and a roommate.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2020 8:41:40 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Black River Falls Fire Department responds to apartment fire

A multi-unit residential building fire broke out on Saturday morning in Brockway, WI, near Black River Falls. At 9:20 am, the Black River Falls Fire Department responded to the fire. Authorities say immediate mutual aid was requested for fire engines from Hixton and Merrillan. There was smoke coming from the first floor of the building when firefighters arrived, and heavy fire inside.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2020 3:07:25 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Firefighters rescue deer that fell through ice in Marinette

A deer is safe thanks to firefighters who rescued the animal when it broke through the ice Thursday. Marinette Fire Department Asst. Chief John Pennings said crews were called to the scene on the Menominee River around 12 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The assistant chief adds that crews were at the scene for about an hour, saying it took about a half hour to rescue the animal, and then they stayed on scene for 30 more minutes to nurse the deer back - since it was hypothermic.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2020 3:39:25 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Two Mukwonago fire department personnel are in self-quarantine

Two Mukwonago Fire Department personnel are now in self-quarantine after transporting an individual who later tested positive for COVID-19, Fire Chief Jeffrey Stien said Friday. The department was informed of the case by the Waukesha County Health Department on Thursday and the two emergency personnel were then ordered to self-quarantine.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2020 1:04:32 PM - SOURCE: WaukeshaNOW

Fire destroys town of Oconto garage, contents

Fire destroyed a garage in the town of Oconto Thursday afternoon. Oconto Fire and Rescue Department was called at 2:21 p.m. to 4802 State 22, about 5 miles west of Oconto, where firefighters found heavy flames and smoke coming from a detached garage. The fire had already extended to a nearby enclosed car trailer, Lt.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2020 8:06:43 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Waukesha Resident Wakes To Fire, Helps Evacuate Apartment

Authorities in Waukesha say an apartment resident on Kensington Drive managed to alert their apartment neighbors and evacuate the building after a fire broke out early Friday morning. According to the Waukesha Fire Department, first responders were called to an apartment on the 1800 block of Kensington Drive just after 3 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Waukesha Patch

Stevens Point family displaced by fire on Madison Street

A fire Wednesday afternoon has displaced a Stevens Point family. The Stevens Point Fire Department was paged about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to 2132 Madison St. for a house filling with smoke. Upon arrival, firefighters found light smoke coming from the second floor of the single-family home, said Assistant Fire Chief J.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2020 1:49:42 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

4 members of Madison Fire Department test positive for COVID-19

The Madison Fire Department announced that four of its members have tested positive for COVID-19. According to MFD Public Information Officer Cynthia Schuster, two of the members are chiefs, while the other two are firefighters. Five members of the department have tested negative. “As soon as any MFD member reports experiencing symptoms that potentially could be COVID-19, that individual is taken out of service immediately so as not to potentially expose their colleagues or the community,” Schuster said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 6:40:25 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Fox Valley Fire Departments To Share Resources

Six fire departments in the Fox Valley have agreed to share personnel and resources during the coronavirus pandemic. The agreement includes the Grand Chute, Appleton, Kaukauna, Fox Crossing, Neenah-Menasha and Oshkosh departments. Fire chiefs say the agreement goes above and beyond the standard mutual aid and automatic aid agreements that are already in place.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 9:45:42 AM - SOURCE: WNFL Sport Radio Green Bay

Obituary: William W. "Bill" Angermeyer, Longtime Eldorado Firefighter

William "Bill" W. Angermeyer, 62, of Eldorado, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020 at his residence. He was born on August 18, 1957, in Oshkosh, the son of Wayne and Helen Root Angermeyer. He was a graduate of Oshkosh West High School, Class of 1975. He retired from Oshkosh Corp after over 25 years.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 8:07:42 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Six Fox Valley Fire Departments announce partnership, prep for increasing demands due to coronavirus pandemic

Six Fox Valley Fire Departments have announced a regional partnership in preparation for the increased demands on emergency response resources due to the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership includes Grand Chute, Appleton, Kaukauna, Fox Crossing, Neenah-Menasha, and Oshkosh fire departments. The agreement allows more flexibility in the sharing of personnel and resources to most-effectively meet the needs of Fox Valley communities during these unprecedented times.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 7:42:05 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Milwaukee Fire Department says they're taking every precaution when it comes to COVID-19

The Milwaukee Fire Department wants you to know they're taking all the precautions when it comes to COVID-19. They say they'll have full protective gear if they're called to a scene. The department says that's as much for the firefighters as it is for the people they serve. "We don't want to be bringing COVID or any other type of germs into your home.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 8:51:51 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Madison Fire Department suspends all burn permits amid COVID-19 pandemic

Fire officials with the Madison Fire Department announced Monday that they are suspending all burn permits in the city of Madison, town of Blooming Grove and village of Shorewood Hills effective immediately. According to a news release, the suspension is meant to keep Madison firefighters safe during Gov.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 7:57:24 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Fire displaces 2, Madison Fire Department investigating

Two people were displaced after a fire damaged a house in Madison on Monday morning. Neighbors dialed 911 reporting tall flames showing from the back of the house on the 600 block of Crandall Street at 11:37 a.m., according to the Madison Fire Department. Firefighters on scene confirmed with a resident of the house that everyone made it out the building safely.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 3:50:42 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison