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Update: Bible survives 2 church fires in Portage County

VIDEO: On Tuesday afternoon, more than 100 community members arrived at the Springs United Methodist Church in Plover to say their final goodbye to a building that has been considered an icon in the village for several decades. Upon arrival at the vigil, the congregation was surprised to learn that the original church bible was recovered from the debris unharmed.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 7:43:34 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Roof collapse at Town of Lawrence construction site, workers injured

A couple of people were injured after a roof collapsed at a construction site. Monday afternoon, roof trusses collapsed in a building under construction in the Town of Larwence at the intersection of Mid Valley Drive and Eisenhower Road. Crews were called to the site in the Town of Lawrence around 1:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 3:25:13 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Fire damages Chippewa Falls home

A house on the East Hill of Chippewa Falls sustained damage Monday after a power line reportedly fell on an electrical box, causing a fire. The fire at 1120 Therbrook St. was reported at 1:30 p.m. Monday, said Chippewa Falls battalion chief Lee Douglas. Douglas said flames were visible coming from the side of the residence when crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 3:09:37 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

He blew up his Beaver Dam apartment in 2018; Police have no idea why.

Benjamin Morrow always came to work at a Beaver Dam food processing plant smelling like moth balls and wearing clothes with tiny holes in them. He grinned strangely while scrolling through his smartphone, and he scoured the internet at work for information about guns, ammunition and chemicals. Then a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, left 17 students and staff dead, and Morrow started talking about the possibility of a mass assault in their workplace.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 10:21:14 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

De Pere Fire Department: Dryer believed to be cause of fire

De Pere Fire Department says crews were called to a home on Bunker Hill Drive. De Pere Fire Department's Assistant Chief Rich Annen said the fire happened around 7:30 Monday night. Smoke was visible when the first truck arrived on scene. Firefighters say they also saw flames coming from the back of the home.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 11:45:02 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Racine Fire Department reports uptick in CO alarm calls

City Fire Department officials report that the department has experienced a large increase in carbon monoxide alarm calls lately. Lt. John Magnus of the department's Fire Prevention Bureau advises residents that most carbon monoxide alarms are only designed for seven to 10 years use. There is a chirp that sounds to alert residents when the unit reaches the end of its recommended service life; this chirp will sound every 30 seconds.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 6:08:35 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Osseo Fire Department calls for a pre-planning meeting for a community support group

Osseo community members made plans to form an emergency event community support group. Locals and business owners in Osseo held a pre-planning meeting at the Osseo Rural Fire Department where they discussed a way for volunteers to help in the event of an emergency. With the opening of the new Fire Station and emergency events, such as the forty car pile-up on I-94 in February, the Fire Department is looking for community members to offer a helping hand.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 5:12:15 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Deputy Fire Chief: Plover church likely a 'total loss' after fire Monday

Multiple emergency departments responded Monday to a fire at The Springs – Your United Methodist Community, 2820 Plover Springs Drive. Crews arrived at the church around 11 a.m., Plover Deputy Fire Chief Ken Voss said. Light smoke was showing when they arrived, he said, but heavy smoke and flames developed shortly after.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 11:56:16 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

The Hartland Fire Department is in a state of dysfunction, study says

The Hartland Fire Department is in a state of dysfunction, but also that it is operationally ready to respond to emergencies, according to a study. The department was audited by Five Bugle Training & Consulting to evaluate the fire department since Fire Chief Dave Dean took over in 2014. "It is the opinion of the consultant that the Hartland Fire Department is in a state of dysfunction regarding leadership practices and creating a culture of inclusiveness," the audit concluded.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 10:56:41 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dane County: Fire departments receive training, equipment for ag emergencies

Dane County may be the second-most populous county in Wisconsin and home to the state’s capital, but it doesn’t exempt the area from the occasional agricultural accident. It’s why the Dane County Farm Bureau and multiple agents of Rural Mutual Insurance Co. found it important to sponsor a recent ag rescue training, with the Farm Bureau fronting two-thirds of the cost for 10 area fire departments to participate.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 8:18:22 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Neenah splash pad draws inspiration from firefighters

What kid doesn't want to squirt water at an imaginary fire? With that question, which really needs no answer, Neenah officials have set out to create a firefighter-themed splash pad at Washington Park. The splash pad will feature water cannons, fountains and sprays that will inspire children to pretend they are heroic firefighters saving the day.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 7:52:35 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Total loss: Fire destroys home near 13th Avenue and High Street in Union Grove

Firefighters on Monday morning, March 18 responded to the scene of house fire in Union Grove. It happened near 13th Avenue and High Street. According to officials, a neighbor notified authorities shortly before 5 a.m. of flames coming from the windows of the home. The neighbor also indicated he didn’t see anyone coming out.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 6:17:56 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Firefighters install free smoke detectors in Eau Claire homes

Members of the Eau Claire Fire and Rescue team are rolling up their sleeves to help install free smoke detectors donated by the Red Cross. "Assess the house to see what detectors you have, if they are still good, if they are in a good location and then figure out where to put the new ones," said Eau Claire Fire Inspector Jason Knecht.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 3:09:17 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

‘He was family:’ Milwaukee Fire Department mourning loss of lieutenant who lost fight with cancer

A Milwaukee paramedic's life was honored on Saturday, March 16 after he lost his battle with cancer last week. While he wasn't killed on the job, his passing is still considered a line-of-duty death. Paramedic Lieutenant Odell Minor served for the Milwaukee Fire Department for more than 24 years. He's been described as a kind soul and good mentor for young paramedics.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2019 2:45:46 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Milwaukee firefighters install smoke alarms after fatal house fire

Milwaukee firefighters spent Friday morning going door-to-door installing smoke alarms. The campaign to prevent fires comes after a man and 4-year-old boy were killed in a house fire earlier this week. Milwaukee firefighters handed out smoke alarms near 39th and Silver Spring by the house where an elderly man and a child were killed in a fire this week.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 11:35:39 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

1 dead in Dunn County crash

A man is dead after a crash involving a semitractor trailer and a car Thursday afternoon in the Dunn County town of Red Cedar. According to a news release from the Dunn County sheriff’s office: The department received report of a crash at the intersection of U.S. 12 and Highway B at about 3:07 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 7:54:04 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Good Samaritan kayaker, Monona first responders rescue dog from icy waters

First responders and a good Samaritan helped rescue a dog from icy Monona waters Thursday morning, officials said. The Monona Fire Department said firefighters and police responded at 10:08 a.m. to the 600 block of Pirate Island for a report of a dog that had somehow fallen into the water and couldn't get up on the ice to get out.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 3:08:26 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Record flooding in Lodi, dozens of highways closed by high water, people evacuated in Fond du Lac

The rapid snow melt has become too much to handle for many southern Wisconsin rivers and streams, with flooding reported on dozens of highways, people being evacuated in Fond du Lac and at least one record breaking water level in Columbia County. In Fond du Lac, the Associated Press reported workers have helped as many as 300 people evacuate from their homes because of ice-jam flooding along the Fond du Lac River in eastern Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 11:50:32 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Fond du Lac Fire Department rescues people from flooded streets near Fond du Lac river

The Fond du Lac Fire Department is working to rescue people from flooded roads and homes near the Fond du Lac River as water rises Thursday morning. Just before 9 a.m., Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue Chief Peter O'Leary confirmed authorities are evacuating an apartment complex situated along the river on Western Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 7:43:58 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Fire damages Best Buy store in Village of Kohler, no injuries reported

Firefighters on Wednesday night, March 13 were called out to the Best Buy store in the Village of Kohler for reports of a fire. The call came in around 10:40 p.m. Upon arrival, crews observed smoke coming through the roof — and the windows were blackened with smoke. Numerous surrounding fire departments were requested to assist.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 6:49:32 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6