If you have an emergency, call 911 immediately!

Wisconsin Fire News

Stevens Point man pleads not guilty to charges he set bed on fire with ex-girlfriend in it

A 61-year-old Stevens Point man pleaded not guilty Monday to trying to kill his former girlfriend and a man he found her with in bed by pouring gasoline on the bed and lighting it. Gary L. McDonald is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. McDonald's home was in foreclosure and he was being evicted, according to court records.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2018 6:12:31 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Vacant house in Chippewa Falls catches fire, crews respond

VIDEO: Fire crews responded to a house fire earlier Monday afternoon. The Chippewa Falls Fire Department says a home on 703 High Street caught fire, that's near the courthouse. The department says there was heavy smoke and flames when the more than 20 firefighters arrived on scene around 1 p.m. The department says the house is vacant and was condemned last year.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2018 10:19:37 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Fire Prevention Week: Domino’s teams up with Milwaukee Fire Department to check smoke detectors

Domino’s Pizza near 14th and Forest Home is teaming up with the Milwaukee Fire Department to promote Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13) and make sure everyone has a working smoke detector. According to a news release, on Oct. 8, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., anyone who orders a pizza has the chance to be surprised at their front door when their pie arrives on board a fire engine.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2018 9:11:57 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

4 people displaced in Green Bay house fire

Four people have been displaced after a house fire in Green Bay. It broke out around 10:30 p.m. Sunday on Velp Avenue. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but has been released. No one else was injured. The fire caused about $50,000 worth of damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2018 4:56:14 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Crash kills 82-year-old woman, injures one other in Portage County

A Sunday crash in Portage County killed one person and injured another. A vehicle driven by an 82-year-old woman, with an 81-year-old man in the passenger's seat, crashed at about 12:15 p.m. near Amherst Junction, according to a news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol. The woman died at the scene and the man was transported to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau with non-life threatening injuries.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2018 6:43:58 PM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

West Racine: Smoky fire causes $40,000 in damage

A Saturday afternoon house fire in West Racine caused an estimated $40,000 in damage but no injuries, the Racine Fire Department reported. Fire crews were dispatched to 608 Monroe Ave. for a call that came in at 2:27 p.m. The found smoke coming from the house. After a “quick” interior search of the home, a heating/air-conditioning duct showed heavy smoke damage to the second floor.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2018 6:46:09 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Janesville firefighters and city dispute over contract clause and negotiation

VIDEO: A dispute over a clause in the contract for Janesville Firefighters is causing a rift between the department and the city. In March, Jason Daskam the president of Janesville's firefighter union-Local 580, said the city issued a new rule saying city employees could not use city resources to wash their personal vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2018 8:35:30 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Madison Fire Department: Crews put out house fire involving gas line

Firefighters were called to a report of structure fire in Madison on Friday morning. Cynthia Schuster, a spokesperson with the Madison Fire Department, said firefighters responded around 7:35 a.m. to a home in the 3800 block of Nakoma Road. No word on how much damage the fire caused. No one is believed to be injured.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2018 7:46:30 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Governor Walker declares First Responders Appreciation Day

Governor Walker declared September 27, 2018 as First Responders Appreciation Day. Our sister station NBC 15 visited the Sun Prairie Fire Department and the Middleton Police Department asking them to reflect on the appreciation they’ve seen after two tragic events hit their communities. "You get into this job to help people and that's exactly what we did on that day but you never really know what magnitude your response has on people,” said Middleton Police Sergeant Jessica Quamme.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2018 6:47:51 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Holmen fire district weighs big budget increase

Holmen Area Fire District Association board members say they recognize the Holmen Area Fire Department has some catching up to do. To adequately staff and equip the department to meet the demands of the district, fire board members say they realize funding for operations needs to increase by double digits.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2018 1:45:19 AM - SOURCE: Coulee News

Racine Fire Bells celebrate 70th anniversary

Racine Fire Bells Inc. is celebrating its 70th anniversary of service to southeastern Wisconsin. The Fire Bells mission is to preserve firefighting history by maintaining the newly renovated Firehouse 3 Museum and provide fire service support through emergency rehab operations in Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties by providing food, beverages and temporary shelter from the environment during a fire for firefighters and fire victims alike.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2018 10:22:53 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

De Pere Fire Rescue Open House Right Around the Corner

VIDEO: Happening this weekend, some of our area's first responders are getting ready to put on a show. Everyone will get the chance to check out a fleet of emergency vehicles, tour the fire station, and you just might see Sparky the Fire Dog out there at the De Pere Fire Department's Open House. Fire Chief Al Matzke says the annual open house is a tradition dating back more than 30 years.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2018 7:29:03 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

New Wheatland firehouse, town hall plan coming in hot

Spending $5.5 million to build a new, combined Town Hall and fire station is too expensive, Wheatland Town Chairman Bill Glembocki said at the recent Town Board meeting. “I was just in shock when we got (that) bid,” Glembocki said, encouraging officials and Fire Chief Lou Denko to consider some alternatives.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2018 1:47:50 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

De Pere fire department stresses importance of heating equipment checks ahead of winter

VIDEO: As the season starts to change and temperature continues to drop, it's important to make sure the heating equipment in your home is working properly. De Pere Fire Chief Alan Matzke said having your equipment serviced by a professional on a regular basis can help you avoid fires. "According to the National Fire Fighter Association the number one cause for fires is cooking, the number two cause is heating equipment," said Matzke.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2018 8:37:13 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

South Milwaukee Fire Department receives donation of carcinogen-blocking hoods

Knowing how danagerous the exposure to carcinogens at the workplace can can be, South Milwaukee Fire Chief Joseph Knitter has always taken the long-term health of his firefighters seriously. Knitter’s brother worked at a barrel company and was exposed to many chemicals over the years before falling victim to cancer.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2018 1:15:15 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Powerful photo shows effort at Lambeau to remember firefighters who died on 9/11

A powerful new photo shows the effort to remember the 343 firefighters who lost their lives in New York on Sept. 11, 2001 at Lambeau Field. Firefighters, their families, friends and community members from across the nation gathered at Lambeau Saturday, Sept. 22 to participate in the sixth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2018 12:38:05 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Gravel truck crashes into cars, overturns on 52nd Street in Kenosha

PHOTO: A gravel truck overturned after crashing into cars at the intersection of 52nd Street and 56th Avenue Tuesday afternoon, leaving five people injured. The crash occurred at about 1:45 p.m. According to witnesses, the truck was headed west on 52nd Street when it struck at least one vehicle, lost control and overturned.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2018 1:45:51 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Janesville Fire Chief to retire in January

After 34 years in fire service, Chief Randy Banker will retire on Jan. 11, 2019. Banker is both chief of the Milton and Milton Township Fire Department and the Janesville Fire Department. He became chief in Janesville in January 2016 and through a shared administrative services agreement, became chief of the Milton and Milton Township Fire Department in October 2017.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2018 1:41:55 AM - SOURCE: Milton Courier

Lightning explodes chimney, starts Wauwatosa home on fire

A lightning strike exploded the chimney of a home and launched debris into neighboring yards in Wauwatosa. It happened near 72nd Street and Hillcrest Drive late Tuesday afternoon. Debris shattered car windows in the driveway, and bricks ended up inside a neighbor's home. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before the fire spread, and no one was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2018 10:14:37 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Gives Back to Fond du Lac, Howard and Mosinee Fire Departments

Today, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation gave back to the firefighter community with the help of donating life-saving equipment and gear. The Town of Fond du Lac Fire Department received five sets of personal protective gear valued at $12,616. The gear includes coats and pants and will give volunteer firefighters will get the necessary protection in the line of duty.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2018 4:45:14 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay