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Wisconsin Fire News

Damages estimated at $30,000 in Racine garage fire

An overnight fire caused an estimated $30,000 in damage to a detached alleyway garage at 2206 Geneva St. There were no injuries in the incident. The Racine Police Department and Racine Fire Department Engine 1, Engine 2, Truck 1, Quint 3 and Med 3 responded to the scene, as well as an evidence technician, battalion chief and fire investigator.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 10:49:10 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Beaver Dam Common Council advances fire department referendum proposal

The Beaver Dam Common Council approved moving ahead with a referendum to ask voters whether to approve funding six new firefighter/paramedic staff positions in the fire department. Fire department staff and officials have been lobbying for a referendum for months, saying that the new positions are necessary for firefighters and EMS staffers to respond safely and effectively to emergencies as the city grows and its population ages.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 9:42:12 AM - SOURCE: WiscNews

Overnight fire damages Fond du Lac home

Fire early Tuesday morning caused extensive damage to a house that was under renovation on Fond du Lac’s Doty Street. The fire was reported at 1:24 a.m. on the 200-block of Doty. Firefighters found heavy flames coming from the second floor of the two-story home. Extra crews were called in to help. Firefighters went into the house to look for possible victims and found the house was vacant.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 4:45:40 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

One dog saved, 5 cats dead in Sheboygan house fire

Five cats are dead and two residents have been displaced after a house fire in the City of Sheboygan on Monday afternoon. According to the Sheboygan Fire Department, at around 4 p.m., fire crews responded to the 1000 block of Bell Avenue for reports of dense black smoke in the area. Upon arrival, firefighters say they found heavy smoke coming from the roof of a home.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2020 7:37:32 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

South Beloit sets process of hiring new fire chief

The South Beloit City Council hopes to choose a new fire chief before current Fire Chief Mike Davenport retires at the end of August. During Monday’s South Beloit City Council meeting, council members discussed advertising the new position and setting up interviews with candidates for the position. Davenport announced July 6 that he will retire as fire chief on Aug.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2020 5:38:55 PM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Toddler injured after fall from hotel's 2nd floor balcony in Fond du Lac

A toddler is hurt after falling from a hotel’s 2nd floor balcony in Fond du Lac on Sunday. Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary said the incident happened at 7:25 p.m. at the Comfort Inn on Holiday Lane. O’Leary said medics stabilized the 2-year-old with what “appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2020 7:42:21 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

One dead after single-vehicle rollover accident in Waupaca County

One person is dead after a single-vehicle rollover incident in the Town of Little Wolf on Sunday morning. The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office report at around 1:30 a.m., deputies responded to County Highway B just east of Murray Road for a report of a single-vehicle rollover accident. After further investigation, deputies believe the vehicle involved was traveling westbound on County Highway B when it entered the south ditch and rolled over.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2020 1:53:57 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Fire ignites after lightning strikes Townsend home

A single-family residence became fully engulfed in flames after lightning struck the home on Sunday morning in Townsend. According to Lakewood Fire Department, around 3:30 a.m., the Nicolet Fire District responded to Dencur Lane for a report of a house fully engulfed in fire. Upon arrival, fire crews confirmed the home was fully engulfed in flames and the shed next to the house was starting to catch on fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2020 11:43:05 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Pleasant Prairie Firefighters, foundation award $15,000 to help six families battling pediatric cancer

This year, the annual fundraising event, originally scheduled for May 17 and known as the Kenosha Kids Cancer Buzz, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Pleasant Prairie Firefighters Local 3785 charities and President Marc Lois took to social media with and along with firefighters and a local nurse the event was held on Facebook Live.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2020 1:04:39 PM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Firefighters battle garage fire in Fond du Lac

A garage sustained heavy damage in a fire early Friday, according to Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue. At 4:31 a.m., firefighters were called to 253 Linden St for a report of a fire in a detached two-car garage. A police officer on patrol had spotted a “large plume of smoke” in the area and tracked it down to the address.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2020 4:48:29 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Feds seek 5 with possible connection to Madison firebombing, offer another reward

The federal agency investigating the firebombing of a Downtown Madison government office during a Black Lives Matter protest last month has offered another reward for information in the case and released images of five more people it thinks might have been involved in the incident or who know people who were.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

One dead following head-on crash in Trempealeau County

On person is dead following a head-on crash early Thursday morning. According to the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call was received at approximately 4:43 a.m. on July 16, reporting a 2-vehicle crash on Highway 35 near Bemis Street in the Town of Trempealeau. When deputies arrived, they located a crash between a truck and a car.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-DT CBS 8 LaCrosse

Tichigan Fire Company honored for heart attack rescue

Dennis Eisenberg was working on the eaves of his house on May 7, and felt chest pain afterward. He went to the hospital that night and spent five hours having medical tests done. However, doctors couldn’t find anything wrong and sent him home. At 1:30 a.m. the next day he was trying to go to sleep and couldn’t get comfortable.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2020 6:40:12 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Fire commission weighs costs of Milton, Janesville consolidation

Should the Milton and Town of Milton Fire Department consolidate with the Janesville Fire Department or stand on its own? Either way, the costs associated with consolidating or shoring up the Milton department will be in the millions of dollars, and each scenario likely will require asking taxpayers for money.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2020 2:26:43 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Madison Fire, Police rescue dog stuck in fence

The Madison Fire Department and Madison Police Department rescued a dog stuck in a backyard fence Wednesday according to an MFD incident report. A neighbor on Winter Frost Place noticed the dog in distress as it was stuck between two vertical stiles and called 911. Firefighters determined the safest and quickest solution to freeing the dog was to cut one of the stiles.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 4:48:44 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Firefighters knock down Lodi house fire

Dozens of firefighters responded early Wednesday morning battle a blaze at a Lodi house. According to Lodi Area Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Bobby Annen, fire crews were called around 6 a.m. to the vacation home at W11360 Hwy. V, near Lake Wisconsin. In all, approximately 25 firefighters were called in and they were able to get the flames under control in about a half-hour, Annen said.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 8:50:32 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

2 dogs die in Washington County house fire, cause under investigation

Two dogs died in a house fire in the Village of Richfield Tuesday night, July 14. Firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 8 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home to be on fire, and they extinguished it. Two dogs perished in the fire. Scenic Road in the area of the fire was closed for several hours.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 5:48:20 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Madison takes first step in creating mental health first responder pilot program

The Madison City Council on Tuesday created a task force to address systemic racism in the city and began pursuing alternative ways to respond to mental health crises instead of resorting to calling police officers. The council unanimously agreed for a task force made up of African American community groups to review city policies with an eye toward identifying “critical issues” affecting Madison’s Black residents.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 9:36:11 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

De Pere Fire Department trains for water rescues, worried about high water and coronavirus

Record high water levels, along with the pandemic, prompted the De Pere Fire Department to begin water rescue training Tuesday. Heavy rain in the forecast only adds to concerns about the potential for water rescues. The waters near Voyageur Park and its popular fishing piers have welcomed a steady stream of people this year, even as sidewalks are swallowed up by rising water along the Fox River in De Pere.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 4:47:36 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Building design introduced to hold Tomah Fire Departments, Ambulance Service

A building design, to house both Tomah fire stations and the Tomah Area Ambulance Service, was introduced at the City of Tomah Committee of the Whole meeting on July 13. Keller Inc. presented the possible new facility to committee members last night. According to a Facebook post from Tomah Fire Chief Tim Adler, “We have simply outgrown all three of the current facilities and all three buildings are in need of upgrades for energy efficiency.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 11:41:44 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse