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Wisconsin Fire News

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

Ice fisherman rescued from Lake Winnebago, goes back out to fish

Having his truck break through the ice didn't stop an ice fisherman from heading out onto Lake Winnebago in search of the day's catch. The Oshkosh Fire Dept. says it was called to a spot on the lake less than a mile off Merritt Street, around 5:40 a.m. Firefighters found that the front driver's side wheel of the fisherman's pickup truck had broken through the ice.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2018 9:39:42 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Winter brings different challenges for Door and Kewaunee County firefighters

Fighting fire is hard enough, but the recent cold snap has made it even harder for local firefighters. Departments in Door and Kewaunee County have responded to at least five fires in the last two weeks when the average temperature struggled to hit the double digits. Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht says fighting fires in the winter bring up a whole new different set of challenges.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2018 5:01:10 AM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Freezing temperatures have made ice on local lakes over eight inches thick, but caution is always advised

While caution is taken by many, accidents do happen. In early December, Western Lakes Fire District responded to a dog that fell through Lac La Belle. The department is staffed with 15 divers and has boats in case it needs to make a rescue. Some of the firefighters are trained in ice water diving, while the entire staff is trained in surface water rescue.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 7:46:50 PM - SOURCE: Livinglakecountry

Eagle River coffee shop raises money for fire department with 'Fill the Boot' campaign

VIDEO: A handful of Eagle River firefighters work day after day in the cold to build an ice castle most winters. Now, a local coffee shop wants to say thank you. "It's important that we keep that community tradition alive and whether or not you're just visiting for a day or coming in for a week or you live here, it's really important to support our fire department," said Blend coffee shop owner Angela Anderson.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 3:42:25 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Seymour Residents Make It Out After Fire Roars Through House

A house fire in Seymour overnight brings a big response. According to the Town of Seymour fire chief, crews were call to a home on Cemetery Road just after 8:30 Tuesday night. It appears the fire started in the garage and spread to the home. 2 adults and 3 children were home, but got out safely. But there were 2 pets inside that died.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 3:55:30 AM - SOURCE: WIXX-FM 101

Proposal would require CPR training for 911 operators in Wisconsin

A proposal in the state Legislature would require 911 operators to get training to help callers administer CPR to people who need it. Under the proposal, every 911 call station must have people trained to give CPR instructions over the phone, or have a plan to transfer callers to a dispatch center that can provide those instructions.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 3:31:03 AM - SOURCE: Daily Telegram-Superior

Active duty Wisconsin Rapids firefighter passes away

A Wisconsin Rapids firefighter has died following unspecified injuries suffered over the weekend. Jim Easton, a 22 year veteran of the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Dept., died unexpectedly on New Year's day, according to an announcement from the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial. No other information was provided.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 7:58:36 PM - SOURCE: WIZD-FM Rock 94.7

Sauk Prairie Ambulance purchases three new defibrillators after 15 years

Sauk Prairie Ambulance has a new tool that will help improve an individual’s chance of survival. After receiving approval from the Ambulance Commission, Sauk Prairie Ambulance purchased three new Lifepak 15 monitor/defibrillators – one for each of its fleet. The three new units replaced three, 15-year-old models, and do the work of five different machines, according to Kevin Weber, Sauk Prairie Ambulance Director.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 6:51:28 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Officials: 3 adults, child displaced after house fire on Milwaukee’s north side

VIDEO: Four people including a child have been displaced after fire swept through their home near 35th and Custer on Milwaukee's north side. Fire crews were dispatched to the scene around 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2nd. Officials say the home suffered significant damage throughout. The residents will not be able to stay there in the short term.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 2:50:14 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

20 people displaced due to carbon monoxide leak from boiler, Beloit officials say

More than a dozen people were displaced Monday night after a carbon monoxide leak, Beloit fire officials said. Crews were called around 9:20 p.m. to 725 Vine St. for a leak in a three-unit rental building, according to a release. No one was injured or had any illnesses from the incident because of early detection by a carbon monoxide alarm, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 9:27:39 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Two People Out In The Cold After Green Bay Fire

Two people were forced from their home after a fire in Green Bay. The fire broke out shortly after 12:30 this morning (TUE) at a home on LaCount Road, on the city's west side. The fire broke out in the basement, but there is smoke damage to the first floor. Officials say the fire started near a wood fireplace.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 4:01:51 AM - SOURCE: WIXX-FM 101

Separate fires kill 1, displace 2 and destroy Chippewa Falls barn over holiday weekend

One person is dead following a structure fire in a Dunn County town, while a fire in Chippewa Falls displaced residents on New Year’s Day and a separate fire in Buffalo County destroyed a barn and much of its livestock. The Dunn County sheriff’s office identified 84-year-old Wallace Cutting of rural Colfax as the man who died in a Saturday afternoon house fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 2:13:56 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Racine firefighters battle blaze at Rosie's restaurant on south side

PHOTO: A south-side restaurant sustained significant damage from a fire Monday. At about 4:30 p.m., the Racine Fire Department responded to a call for a fire at Rosie’s restaurant, 1804 Taylor Ave. The fire did reach the second level of the building. Firefighters battled the blaze for more than three hours in below-zero temperatures until investigators could inspect the scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 2:11:20 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Family displaced after house fire in Shawano County

VIDEO: A Shawano County family is without a home following a fire in the Town of Almon Monday night, according to officials on scene. Authorities said no one was home at the time of the fire and no one was hurt. The house is a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Firefighters are battling a structure fire in the Town of Almon.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2018 9:05:12 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

St. Germain family plans to rebuild after home destroyed in fire

VIDEO: A St. Germain family spent New Years Day cleaning up their home after a fire destroyed it Sunday night. Just after 6:00 P.M., an elderly woman called police because her house was filling with smoke. And now, the Stejskal family is picking up what's left. "My dad's 48 inch musky was on the wall there, but that's gone now, obviously," said Ray Stevens.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2018 1:52:21 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Body discovered after Polk County fire

Police said human remains were found inside a house that burned early Friday in Polk County. The St. Croix Falls Police Department said the body of an adult was found in a home at 906 N. Washington St. in St. Croix Falls. Firefighters and police responded to a structure fire call there at 5:30 a.m. Police were working to identify the deceased and said the fire's cause remains under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2017 7:25:34 AM - SOURCE: Hudson Star-Observer

"This map should absolutely concern you:" Milwaukee alderman says fire crews are stretched to the limit

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters have been busy this week battling multiple house fires, but one local alderman is concerned whether there enough resources to cover all the fires. Alderman Bob Donovan, 8th district, posted to Facebook Thursday: "That could cost us so many lives. Minutes count, seconds count when you're talking a fire, when you're talking emergency medical services, and this is unacceptable, but sadly it's a state Milwaukee finds itself in," said Alderman Donovan in an interview with CBS58.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 10:26:33 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee