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Fire damages home near 39th and Roberts in Milwaukee

Firefighters on Wednesday morning, Jan. 10 responded to the scene of a house near 39th and Roberts in Milwaukee. The call came in around 3:40 a.m. When crews arrived on scene they found fire on the first and second floors of the home. “The fire from the interior of the building extended to the second floor of the building and had a deep-seated fire in the attic space.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 5:06:19 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Firefighter, police and EMT: Palmyra volunteers triple up on public safety duties

In Palmyra, Wisconsin, a town of about 1,800 people, a firefighter is a police officer is an EMT. They're hiring people to be public safety officers and do every job. If you're sick or hurt and you call 9-1-1, you want someone there quickly. Across the country, budget cuts are making it more difficult to staff departments and keep up with demand.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV 4 Milwaukee

Superior Fire Department seeks bids for new headquarters

A simple tour through Superior's nearly 40-year-old fire headquarters, is enough for Chief Steven Panger to point out more than a dozen places where the building needs improvement, starting with the front door. "You might have noticed you can't tell where the front door is, because you actually came in on the side door," he said.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBJR6.com

Retired West Allis firefighter celebrates 104 years of life

A former firefighter who served with the West Allis Fire Department is celebrating more than 100 years of life. “It feels good, but I don’t run anymore," Bill Koehn said. Bill Koehn may not run anymore, but at age 104 he can still pop champagne with the best of ‘em, especially when surrounded by friends and family.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV 4 Milwaukee

Spinning tires cause car fire on Lake Wausau

VIDEO: Spinning tires are to blame for a car fire on Lake Wausau, according to fire officials Tuesday night. They said some people were in a car on the lake when it got stuck. When the people tried to get out of the rut, the spinning tires started on fire. Fire officials said it was too far away from land and they couldn't drive out to it, therefore they resorted to shoveling snow onto the car.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 9:50:42 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Crews battle town of Kinnickinnic house fire

Fire crews from around St. Croix County responded Tuesday morning to a house fire in the town of Kinnickinnic. The fire was reported at about 9:20 a.m. Jan. 9 at 1237 County Road N — in between River Falls and Roberts. The home, owned by Bradley and DK Bockus Kinkaid, was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 6:52:27 PM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Fire guts downtown Chetek apartment, business

A late-night fire gutted a downtown Chetek apartment and business and three fire departments were called to help fight the blaze Sunday, Jan. 7. Cleanup was still ongoing Monday morning, Jan. 8, and Second Street—from Moore to Douglas Streets—was closed due to ice. Traffic was detoured on side streets.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 3:13:44 AM - SOURCE: Barron News Shield

Apartment evacuated in Fall River fire; resident arrested

The Fall River Fire Department evacuated an apartment building Sunday evening, responding to a fire suspected to have started with a loose cigarette. A man police think is responsible was arrested and is facing criminal charges. Hillard Szlapka, 62, appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court on Monday facing charges of misdemeanor negligent handling of burning material, misdemeanor resisting an officer and felony threatening a law enforcement officer.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 9:40:23 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Kronenwetter in need of firefighters

VIDEO: The growing Village of Kronenwetter is in need of firefighters. That was the message following a pair of meetings on Monday by the Community Life and Public Safety Committee and Police and Fire Commission, both of which took up matters related to the Fire Dept. Police and Fire Commission chair Chad Billeb says the only requirement they are looking for is a desire to help.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 9:27:20 PM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Two injured in explosion at Signature Wafer Co. cookie plant in Ripon

Two people were injured during an explosion at a cookie factory Monday afternoon, authorities confirmed. The explosion led authorities to evacuate the Signature Wafer Co. plant, 850 Stanton St., about 1:30 p.m., Ripon Fire Chief Tim Saul said. About 30 people were working in the plant at the time, though only two suffered injuries.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 2:57:11 PM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Eau Claire Fire Dept. responds to car fire on Clairemont Ave.

Eau Claire firefighters were called to put out a car fire at the intersection of Clairemont Avenue and Craig Road shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday. According to a News 18 reporter on scene, the vehicle was in the left turn lane on Clairemont Ave. Flames were showing when the reporter arrived, but he said firefighters were able to put out the fire a few minutes later.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 2:17:11 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Wausau house damaged by fire

PHOTO: There was a house fire last night on the west side of Wausau. It was reported around 6pm on 5th Avenue, and was under control about an hour later. The Wausau Fire Department says the fire started on a stove in the kitchen. Flames traveled through the vents, and the fire got into the attic. A thick smoke was seen coming from the upper floors when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 5:28:43 AM - SOURCE: WDEZ-FM 101.9

Fire destroys Kenosha bedroom; no one injured

Fire destroyed a bedroom in a home on Kenosha’s near north side Sunday, displacing a family of four. Firefighters were called at 4:51 p.m to the home at 1606 38th St. where fire apparently broke out in a rear bedroom, according to Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter. No injuries were reported to either the residents or firefighters, he said.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 2:26:34 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Fire damages two-story farmhouse near Chilton

A fire caused extensive damage Sunday to a two-story farmhouse at W849 Aebischer Road in Charlestown. Chilton Fire Chief Gary Halbach said part of the house was brought down with a backhoe. Another part was still standing but had a lot of smoke and water damage. "It's probably a total loss or a major loss," Halbach told USA Today Network-Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 1:48:49 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Fire causes $2 million in damage to Lyndon Station lumber mill

A fire at a Lyndon Station lumber mill caused roughly $2 million in damage and left one firefighter injured Sunday morning, Lyndon Station Fire Department Chief Larry Whaley said. Firefighters responded to Stan's Industrial Woodwork at 251 Industrial Ave. at around 7 a.m. for reports of a structure fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2018 8:03:53 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Former Chippewa Fire District Chief John Neihart passes away

VIDEO: A former chief for the Chippewa Fire District, and former Lake Hallie Village Board President, John Neihart passed away Sunday after a brief battle with cancer. The Chippewa Fire District shared the news on its Facebook page Sunday. In the post, the Fire District thanked Neihart for everything he's given to the fire service and all the firefighters he has touched.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2018 7:23:15 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Wisconsin Rapids community mourns loss of firefighter

Family, fellow firefighters and community members are mourning the death of Wisconsin Rapids firefighter Jim Easton Friday. Easton died unexpectedly on Jan. 1. His funeral funeral took place at 11 a.m. Friday and the fire department plans a large funeral procession afterward. Easton was a member of the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department for 22 years, serving the last 12 years as a motor pump operator.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2018 10:09:24 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Garage Fire In Bellevue

Bellevue Fire and Rescue responded to a garage fire, just after 8am Friday. Crews were dispatched to the 2000 block of Lane Road. Smoke and fire was coming out of the garage when the fire department arrived. A large amount of damage occurred in the attic, and it is believed that is where the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2018 9:44:00 AM - SOURCE: WTAQ 97.5-FM & 1360-AM

Burton stepping down from chief's role in St. Joseph

Ron Burton blames his dad. The town of St. Joseph fire chief recalls how his father, an assistant fire chief running a truck out of Burkhardt, would take him along on fire calls decades ago. Burton remembers the allure of the siren wails and light flashes as they responded to calls. "It was a pretty cool thing for a little boy," he said.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2018 6:34:23 AM - SOURCE: New Richmond News

Eagle River ice castle construction begins; volunteers pull thousands of ice blocks from Silver Lake

VIDEO: Take 3,000 blocks of ice, more than 100 volunteers, and a community built on ice and snow, and you've got just about everything you need to a build an ice castle. "This is volunteerism at its best," said Eagle River Fire Chief Michael Anderson. The Eagle River Fire Department takes charge of building the ice castle each year.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2018 5:06:53 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau