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Fire causes $1 million in damage at Waukesha Co. business

Firefighters say the fire at NCL Graphic Specialties Inc. is still burning, but is contained. Crews say they expect to be on the scene for another eight hours. Around one-third of the building is a total loss. Authorities say damage is estimated around $1 million. Authorities say 20 employees were inside the business at the time but were able to get out safely.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2018 3:36:51 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Friendship Bar & Bowl total loss following fire

The cause of the fire that destroyed Friendship Bar & Bowl in the Village of Friendship is under investigation. The fire was reported just after 1 a.m. A portion of Highway 13 was closed as crews worked to control the fire. The road re-opened to traffic just before 8 a.m. Monday. Adams Fire District Chief Mike Rusch said nearly 40 firefighters from four departments responded to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW 7 News

Fire safety in Northeast Wisconsin’s high-rise buildings

Looking at the Green Bay skyline, not many high-rise buildings are in view. But, in the event of an emergency, responders have to be ready for the few taller buildings in Northeast Wisconsin. That was the case last week, after a 10-story apartment building caught fire in Green Bay’s downtown. It happened at about 4:00 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY ABC 2 News

Sauk City firefighters use more than 40,000 gallons of water to put out fire near diesel fuel tanks

Firefighters used more than 40,000 gallons of water overnight Sunday to put out a fire near diesel fuel tanks in the town of Roxbury, according to a Facebook post. Sauk City firefighters were called around 11 p.m. to the 8800 block of Hornung Road for a report of corn fodder stacks on fire next to diesel fuel tanks, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2018 4:53:37 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Early morning fire destroys Kronenwetter apartment garage

Fire crews are investigating the cause of an overnight apartment garage fire in Kronenwetter. First responders were called to the Timber Creek apartment complex, off of Kronenwetter Drive, around 2:30 a.m. Monday. Crews from several departments were able to contain the fire to the garage but anything inside was likely destroyed, according to Kronenwetter Fire Chief Roger James.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2018 4:43:42 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Two firefighters injured after SUV crashes into firetruck in Farmington Twp.

An SUV crashed into a fire truck on US 10 in Farmington Township on Sunday night. The Waupaca County Sheriff's Department says they received a 911 call about the crash near Morgan Drive. An accident report says an SUV, driven by a 48-year-old man, rear-ended a fire truck in the eastbound lanes. The truck, from the Amherst Fire Department, had its emergency lights activated.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDEZ 101.9

Ammonia leak at Walworth County factory sends 15 workers to hospital

Fifteen employees were hospitalized early Sunday after an ammonia leak at a Birds Eye food plant in Darien, Racine Fire Chief Steve Hansen said. About 140 people were working overnight at the factory on County Road X when alarms and sensors started going off.Seventy-five workers were checked at the scene and released, Hansen said.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 12 WISN

Fire in Janesville causes $40,000 in damage

A fire in Janesville on Saturday night caused $40,000 in damages, according to a press release from the Janesville Fire Department. Crews were sent to 802 E. Court Street around midnight. When they first got to the scene, they reported heavy smoke coming from the third floor. It appears the fire originated from there.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2018 8:14:57 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Middleton Fire Department hosts block party fundraiser for fun, education

The Middleton Fire Department hosted a block party Saturday, hoping to raise funds to buy equipment needed to keep the community safe. The event had fun things to do for the kids who got to participate in activities such as a bouncy house, dunk tank and face painting. There was also more serious activity: the fundraiser hosted a Kids Challenge Course, so they could see what it's like to be a firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2018 10:08:28 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Beloit families in need of help after apartment fire

For Brandon Grady-Johnson, it still doesn't feel real. On Friday night, Grady-Johnson and his family were forced out of their Beloit apartment after a fire overran the building. "It feels like we can just go inside the house, but we can't. We're starting from scratch. It really hurts,” he said. Grady-Johnson's first instinct was to protect his family.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2018 8:50:00 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Surveillance camera from business captures natural gas explosion in Sun Prairie

VIDEO: We have a new perspective on the natural gas explosion that rattled Sun Prairie on July 10. The blast was caught on nearby surveillance video. Authorities say a construction crew struck a gas main in downtown Sun Prairie on July 10, resulting in the explosion. Fire Captain Cory Barr was killed as he helped evacuate people prior to the blast.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2018 9:13:51 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Related: At least $5M in insurance claims filed in downtown Sun Prairie

Insurance claims filed with one company in Sun Prairie, Wis. after the July 10 explosion are totaling at least $5 million, according to an insurance company owner. While the work has just begun for insurance experts, finding calm moments following the explosion are becoming more frequent for Glass Nickel Pizza Owner Adam Bougie.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2018 8:46:14 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

$15K donation used to buy Sun Prairie Fire Department new gas-detection device

VIDEO: Sun Prairie firefighters will have a new tool to use during gas emergencies. The department is using a $15,000 donation from Pick 'N Save to buy a new gas-detection device. The new device will use lasers to determine if an area is safe. It can be used up to 100 feet away and provide instant feedback, allowing firefighters to keep a safe distance.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2018 8:38:53 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Caledonia: Driver cited in St. Monica's crash

The driver who crashed into St. Monica's Senior Living Wednesday evening has also received multiple citations, according to Caledonia Police Lt. Gary Larsen. On Thursday, Larsen said that the driver, a 20-year-old male Caledonia resident who police did not name, was kept overnight for observation after being transported to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa via Flight for Life.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2018 8:44:56 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Madison firefighters hose down smoldering clothes from dryer, officials say

Firefighters found smoldering clothes in a dryer Tuesday night when responding to a fire call on Madison’s east side, according to a release. Crews were called around 9:45 p.m. to the 500 block of North Star Drive after a dryer caught fire, officials said. The resident used a fire extinguisher on the fire before crews got there, but they weren’t sure if the fire was entirely out, according to the release.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2018 8:15:50 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Milwaukee police officer killed in shooting; suspect wanted on drug and gun offenses

VIDEO: Milwaukee police officer was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect wanted on drug and gun offenses, Police Chief Alfonso Morales said Wednesday. The suspect has been arrested and was not wounded in the shooting, Morales said. A weapon was recovered at the scene, he said, and there are no other suspects.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

No delay in medical attention for 3-year-old who died after Pewaukee crash, fire chief says

Emergency medical technicians provided medical care to Nathaniel Medina, 3, within minutes of arriving at the scene of a single-vehicle crash July 15, according to Pewaukee Fire Chief Kevin Bierce. That account is at odds with previous news stories, which questioned whether Nathaniel's treatment was delayed while rescue workers tended to his parents, Nicholas Dischler and Kellie Deal, who were also injured in the crash Dischler fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed into a tree around 5:50 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2018 9:54:55 AM - SOURCE: Livinglakecountry

2 cows rescued from underground manure pit in Waunakee

Crews worked to rescue cows from a manure pit in Waunakee, fire officials said Tuesday. The Waunakee Fire Department said two cows became stranded in an underground pit in the 7000 block of Hyer Road shortly before 7 p.m. Fire crew workers wore a breathing apparatus and had to go into the pit, which was several feet deep, to rig up the cows to be lifted using a loader.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2018 6:34:13 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Police investigate fire on Milwaukee’s west side

PHOTO: Firefighters on Tuesday morning, July 24 responded to the scene of a fire on Milwaukee’s west side. The call came in around 2 a.m. It happened in the area of 27th and McKinley. Police tape was seen surrounding what appeared to be a home. No additional details have been released — including the cause of the fire or the amount of damage sustained.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2018 5:57:41 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Lake Mills boy's lemonade stand nets $6,000 for Sun Prairie FD deadly explosion relief

A Lake Mills boy with an affinity for firefighters and an ambitious goal hauled in about $6,000 in donations for the Sun Prairie Fire Department following this month’s deadly gas explosion. One firefighter was killed and another was critically injured in the blast that also devastated nearby neighbors and businesses on July 11.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2018 4:46:22 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-AM 620 Milwaukee