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Chippewa considers services for Wheaton

A Chippewa Falls committee recommended approval of a plan Tuesday to provide EMS and ambulance services for a portion of the town of Wheaton, paving the way for the town to leave the Chippewa Fire District. Last week, the Wheaton town board voted 4-1 to leave the Fire District, contingent on its ability to obtain contracts for EMS/ambulance services from Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 8:38:43 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Firefighters extinguish house fire in Marathon County

Firefighters extinguished a house fire in Marathon County Tuesday night. Mosinee Fire Chief Stephen Haas said crews responded to the blaze around 8:30 p.m. on Lone Pine Lane near Knowlton. Haas said there was heavy fire coming from the house when crews arrived, and it was under control by 10 p.m. Haas said there were no injuries reported, and no one was in the house.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 4:55:56 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Madison restaurant where fire broke out didn't have automatic sprinkler system, fire officials say

Multiple units from the Madison Fire Department responded to a large early-morning commercial fire on the city's west side Wednesday. The Madison Fire Department said it is investigating the cause of a fire at Cowboy Jack's on John Q. Hammons Drive that was reported at about 3:30 a.m. The responders who were first to the scene saw "heavy fire and smoke coming from the building," according to the report.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Channel3000.com

La Crosse Fire Department faces battle for station rehab funding, scraps idea of fifth station

A proposed capital improvement budget, with a price tag of $50.8 million, includes $3 million dedicated to begin construction of a new North Side fire station. City Council Member Jessica Olson spoke about her concerns with borrowing money for the new fire facility before plans have been finalized during Tuesday’s public input meeting of the City Plan Commission.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2019 11:48:11 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

One dead in Monona following fatal crash between car, pole

A Madison man is dead after his car crashed into a pole in Monona Monday night. Dane County dispatch said the Monona Fire and Police departments responded to the crash in the 4600 block of Winnequah Road at 7:23 p.m. The driver, 21, was the only person in the car, and no other injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 7:46:19 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Village of Suamico develops plan for new fire station; discusses adding EMS wing

The Village of Suamico continues to see growth and its fire department is looking to grow right along with it. Village leaders are in the process of designing a brand new fire station. It's expected to cost $5-6 million. The department has outgrown its current fire station, built in 1967, along Riverside Drive in the heart of downtown Suamico.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 2:46:25 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Rotting cookies to blame for Madison middle school evacuation

A Madison middle school was evacuated Friday afternoon after staff smelled a natural gas and firefighters traced the odor to rotting cookies. According to the Madison Fire Department's Public Information Officer, Cynthia Schuster, fire crews investigated the odor at 2:38 p.m. Friday at Blackhawk Middle School on Wyoming Way.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 11:53:30 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

"It's just a mess:" Mom reacts to second Milwaukee playground lit on fire this month

For the second time this month, a Milwaukee playground was lit on fire. The second fire happened on Saturday at a playground in Smith Park near 34th and Sheridan. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said when deputies got to the scene around 9:29 p.m., firefighters had already put out the fire. The damage is extensive, with charred plastic and parts of the playground destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 11:43:53 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Fire destroys West Allis home, 1 taken to the hospital

Firefighters on Sunday night, Sept. 15 responded to the scene of a house fire near 120th Street and Schlinger Avenue in West Allis. The call came in around 10 p.m. "The front of the house was fully involved in the fire," said Jay Scharfenberg, West Allis Assistant Chief. Neighbors told firefighters one man ran back into the burning home to save pets.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 4:58:20 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Multiple departments extinguish fire at Lang Equipment in Marshfield

Ten fire departments responded to a fire Saturday at Lang Equipment in Marshfield. Crews received a call at 8:15 Saturday morning for a fire in the shop at Lang Equipment, which then spread to the building's ceiling. "The heat extended into the roof structure of the building," said Hewitt Area Fire Chief Brian Hafermann.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2019 5:42:54 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Pittsville Fire Chief continues fight for novelty lighter law

Majority of fires caused by children are started by a lighter and a lot of those lighters can look like toys. Fire Chief Jerry Minor from the Pittsville Fire Company has been on a mission for the past 11 years. He was inspired by his granddaughter. "She said very boldly grandpa you need to make a law," said Minor.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 2:28:16 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Firefighters fight bar fire in Shawano County

PHOTO: Fire crews are still on scene of a fire at Deer Camp Bar and Pavilion in Shawano County. The building is on County Road K, which is also Waukechon Road, at the intersection with Porter Road, southeast of the city of Shawano. Firefighters tell us that it was a very large fire and started just after 5 this morning.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 7:35:26 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire tears through apartment building in Waukesha

Firefighters on Friday morning, Sept. 13 responded to the scene of a fire at an apartment building on Shephard Street in Waukesha. Officials believe the storm may be to blame. At approximately 11:30 p.m.,the City of Waukesha Police and Fire Dispatch Center started to receive calls of a reported Structure Fire on E.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 4:53:21 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Paradigm donates money to Middleton Fire District, EMS

Software company Paradigm donated money to Middleton's local fire district and emergency medical services this week. According to posts from Paradigm's official Facebook page, the Middleton software company gave the Fire Department a check worth $18,890 for new equipment and kits. In a separate post, Paradigm shared that it also donated $18,500 to Middleton Emergency Medical Services.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 9:44:52 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire discovered behind Walgreens sign in Green Bay

Green Bay firefighters responded to a report of a fire at Walgreens on the city's west side Thursday night. Fire crews answering the call at 9 p.m. saw smoke coming from the sign above the entrance to the store at W. Mason and Oneida streets. When they got up there to open the wall, they found a fire burning behind the sign.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 9:01:02 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Garage total loss after fire in Chippewa Falls

A garage in Chippewa Falls is a total loss after a fire on Thursday morning. The Chippewa Falls Fire Department responded to a garage fully engulfed in flames around 7 a.m. Thursday near the corner of Elm and St. Augustine streets. After about 20 minutes, crews had the fire under control. There are no injuries reported.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 8:24:29 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Racine fire caused by unattended cooking damages community center, hurts firefighter

A fire at a community center in Racine caused major damage to the building and left one firefighter hurt. The Lakeview Community Center in Racine is damaged after a fire in the building Wednesday. The center is located across the street from the Racine Zoo. The Racine Fire Department says the Lantern Festival workers from China, who are putting up decorations at the zoo, were cooking inside the community center when they stepped out for a smoke break.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 9:00:06 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Never Forget: Wisconsin first responders honor victims of September 11 attacks

Area first responders are remembering the victims and families impacted by the September 11 attacks. Eighteen years ago today, 19 people associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against the United State A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, D.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 8:41:09 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Follow Up: Chippewa Fire District prepares for Wheaton's departure at the end of 2020

The Chippewa Fire District is set to change after a town decided to branch off on its own. The town of Wheaton town board voted 4-1 on Tuesday to leave the Chippewa Fire District at the end of 2020, a partnership consisting of the village of Lake Hallie and the towns of Lafayette, Hallie and Howard.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 2:57:17 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Madison Police and Fire Departments honors 9/11 with special memorial events

The Madison and Fire Departments are continuing their tradition of hosting their 'Never Forget' blood drive at the new Fire Station 14. This year marks the 8th year for the blood drive and the 18th anniversary of 9/11. The departments will also hold a special memorial ceremony to honor and remember those first responders who paid the ultimate sacrifice on this day.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 6:11:52 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison