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Wisconsin Fire News

Large fire reported in Holmen

Firefighters are at the scene of a large fire at a group of town homes in Holmen. Crews were called to 615 McHugh Road around 10:45 a.m. for a fire in one of the buildings. Heavy smoke was coming from the building as seen in the pictures provided by WXOW viewer Mike Maier. No other details were immediately available.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 9:37:21 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Fire breaks out in single-family Black River Falls home, displaces renters

Two renters were displaced after a fire broke out in a town of Adams single-family home on Monday. One of the home’s renters traveled to Black River Falls Holiday Gas Station to call 911 and report the fire to the Jackson County Emergency Dispatch Center, which paged the Black River Falls Fire Department at about 8:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 6:38:15 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Forest fire danger recedes in Wisconsin during winter

Where there’s snow, there’s no fire. Once snow covers the ground, the chance of a forest fire is low, Megan Mickelson, Monroe County forest liaison/private lands forester for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said. “Once snow covers the fuel that can burn, there’s not really a chance of fire unless some of the fuel is uncovered,” she said.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 4:25:18 AM - SOURCE: Jackson County Chronicle

New Cottage Grove fire chief appointed

Newly appointed Fire Chief Jude Wolf vividly remembers the day he wanted to be a firefighter. He was 4 when he saw a fire at a newspaper plant in Milwaukee. “I remember walking down toward the scene, watching in awe, and from that moment, I had the dream of becoming a firefighter,” Wolf said. Wolf was elected fire chief of the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department by the Cottage Grove Volunteer Association in November.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 4:18:11 AM - SOURCE: Monona / Cottage Grove Herald Independent

Beloit faces firefighter shortage after retirements, federal grant expires

The Beloit Fire Department is facing a shortage of firefighters after 12 people retired last year and the city only has enough money to replace nine positions. “It’s going to put a lot of pressure on the guys that are remaining, but the guys that did leave were all mentors, and they trained us well, and we’re up for the task,” said Scott Smith, a Beloit fire captain and president of Beloit Professional Firefighters Local #583.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 8:28:27 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Milwaukee Fire Dept.: 4 trucks burned in fire near 6th and Layton; cause under investigation

Four trucks burned Thursday, Jan. 11 at a business near S. 6th St. and Layton Ave. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire officials said it caused $300,000 in damage. We're told Mortle Trucking lost three trucks as a result of the fire. The trucks are used to transport asphalt and gravel.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 8:38:58 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Niagara Firefighters Find Missing Man Dead in Woods

The body of a 19-year-old man was found off of Barlow Lake Road in the Town of Niagara on Monday, Jan. 8. Jacob Gleason was believed to be traveling through the area on his way back to Houghton before he ended up in the woods. At 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, someone reported a car with Michigan plates that had been abandoned off of Barlow Lake and Brown Spur on a snowmobile trail.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 2:56:26 AM - SOURCE: Peshtigo Times

Battle of the Burgers: Kenosha police, firefighters face off for charity

Life’s full of tough choices, and choosing a burger this month is one of them. The unions representing city police officers and firefighters are raising funds for their charities one burger at a time. They kicked off the second annual “Battle of the Burgers” Wednesday night at Waterfront Warehouse, 3322 Sheridan Road.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 1:58:02 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Crews rescue fisherman who fell through ice on Lake Mendota

VIDEO: Foggy conditions made it hard for law enforcement to find an ice fisherman, after he fell through the ice on Lake Mendota. It happened Wednesday night just off the shore of the city of Middleton. The Fire Chief with the Middleton Fire District said a man was riding back to shore on an ATV when he hit a thin spot on the ice and fell through.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 8:31:37 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Fire causes evacuation in Sparta neighborhood

VIDEO: A portion of a Sparta neighborhood was evacuated Wednesday night after a house fire. Firefighters from the Sparta Area Fire District were called to the area of Tyler and Main Streets at about 7 p.m. Initial calls said a garage was on fire before the flames spread to the house. Chief Mike Arnold says there were two vehicles in the garage at the time of the fire and between 50 and 60 tires in the garage's attic.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 8:11:34 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

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