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Shirtless, ‘highly intoxicated’ Whitewater man stole ambulance, prosecutors say

A shirtless, “highly intoxicated” man stole a Whitewater Rescue ambulance parked at the fire department and knocked over a sign, according to a criminal complaint filed in Walworth County Court. Prosecutors charged Andrew A. Dufek, 21, of 956 W. Conger St., Whitewater, on July 2 with burglary and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gazette Extra

Authorities report house fire in Orfordville

Multiple fire departments responded Thursday night to a report of an apparent fire of a home on East Spring Street on Orfordville’s north side, authorities said. According to emergency radio communications shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday, police officers reported the house apparently was fully on fire, and multiple local fire departments were being called in for mutual aid.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gazette Extra

Charges dropped against Milwaukee firefighter accused of assault

Prosecutors dropped a second-degree sexual assault charge against Milwaukee Firefighter Michael Peden on Thursday. Peden and his attorney showed up at the Milwaukee County courthouse for a final pre-trial hearing and learned the state was dismissing the case against Peden. "We're happy he's been cleared of these charges," Peden's attorney Rebecca Coffee said.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 4:27:31 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Sheboygan firefighters extinguish garage fire Wednesday

A garage fire in the city Wednesday night caused about $2,000 worth of damage. Authorities responded to the blaze around 5 p.m. at 2606 N. 19th Street, according to the Sheboygan Fire Department. Officials said firefighters quickly put out the fire and limited damage to the garage and surrounding buildings.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 5:36:02 AM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Worker dies after fall at Oak Creek Amazon site

A worker died Wednesday after a fall at an under construction Amazon facility. It happened shortly after 10 a.m. at a construction site in the 9700 block of S. 13th Street in Oak Creek. A 911 caller reported the victim was operating a piece of equipment on an upper floor and drove the equipment out an open window.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 11:25:04 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Follow Up: Lessons learned from the Sun Prairie explosion one year later

In Sun Prairie, grass now grows where the Barr House and the Glass Nickel once stood at the corner of Main and Bristol Streets. A visible sign that the healing process continues after the fatal gas explosion on July 10, 2018 that leveled a part of the city's downtown and killed Fire Captain Cory Barr.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:01:51 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Remembrance ceremony planned for one-year anniversary of Sun Prairie explosion

One year ago, a deadly explosion rocked downtown Sun Prairie. Fire Captain Cory Barr was killed, multiple businesses were destroyed, and dozens of people lost their homes. A number of events are happening Wednesday to honor those affected by the tragic event, one year later. A remembrance ceremony is set for 6 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 5:16:52 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

No one injured, pets rescued from Red Wing mobile home fire

All occupants — including a dog and three cats — made it out safely after a mobile home caught fire Tuesday night, July 9, in Red Wing. Red Wing Fire Department responded after 6:30 p.m. to a report of a one-story mobile home on fire on Cottonwood Avenue, according to a news release. All residents were outside when firefighters arrived, and the four animals were rescued.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 2:46:27 AM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

HAZMAT team called after reported chemical spill in Oak Creek

A hazardous materials team was called to an Oak Creek business for a report of a chemical spill. It happened at an industrial park on 6th Street, south of Rawson Avenue. The Oak Cree Fire Department says chemicals overflowed and were caught inside a containment basin. Firefighters don't know what kind of chemical it was and brought in the Milwaukee Fire Department's HAZMAT team to help investigate.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 3:13:54 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Kitchen fire damages Wauwatosa home

A home in Wauwatosa was heavily damaged Monday evening after a fire started in the kitchen. Firefighters were called to the home on N. 65th Street near Center Park around 7:25 p.m. July 8 after a neighbor noticed smoke coming from the home and called 911. No one was at the home at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 10:08:27 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

No injuries after fire in Milwaukee apartment building elevator shaft; some residents displaced

No one was hurt in a fire that began in an elevator shaft at an apartment building near Marshall and Juneau on Milwaukee's lower east side Monday night, July 8. It happened just after 9 p.m. at the four-story apartment building, and fire extended to the roof. Officials said it wasn't believed fire extended to any apartments, though there was likely smoke damage.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 10:52:08 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Rhinelander Fire Dept. kicks off Fill the Boot campaign

Rhinelander Fire Department kicked off another season of fundraising Monday for those living with muscle diseases. From July 11 to 13, Rhinelander firefighters will collect donations at the intersection of Dwight and Stevens streets. The department has partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, or MDA, for over a dozen years.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 9:00:51 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Man found dead in vehicle that burst into flames in Milwaukee

Milwaukee police made a grisly discovery Monday morning, July 8 after a vehicle burst into flames near 9th and Cleveland. Police said officers were called to the scene around 3 a.m. After firefighters with the Milwaukee Fire Department extinguished the flames, a search of the vehicle revealed there was a body inside.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 8:56:52 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Sheboygan Fire Department fights three fires in seven-hour span

The Sheboygan Fire Department responded to three fires within seven hours beginning early Monday morning. Shortly after 2 a.m., heavy smoke and flames were reported coming from an apartment building in the 3400 block of 10th Street. Battalion Chief Robert Kocmoud said all rigs were on the scene. Firefighters then responded to a fire at a single-family home in the 600 block of Zimble Avenue at 3:29 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 7:42:23 PM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Appleton Fire Department sells thousands of t-shirts for Mitch Lundgaard's family

The Appleton Fire Department has sold thousands of t-shirts to raise money for fallen firefighter Mitch Lundgaard's family. After just two weeks of being on sale, the department has sold more than 4,000 shirts. Mitch Lundgaard was killed in a shooting at the Appleton transit center in May. The money raised is going to the Lungaard family.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 3:11:53 PM - SOURCE: NBC26

No injuries following Appleton duplex fire

A duplex was damaged and is uninhabitable following a fire on the city’s south side. The Appleton Fire Department says it happened on Sunday around 11:23 p.m. in the 100 block of East McKinley Street when they were dispatched for a report of smoke coming from the duplex. Heavy smoke and fire was found when they arrived on scene.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 3:32:04 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Four people displaced after house fire in Combined Locks

Four people were displaced from a home Sunday morning after their garage caught on fire. Around 3:15 a.m., fire and rescue squads were dispatched to a home on Paul Court in Combined Locks. Officials say there were four adults and a dog in the residence during the fire. They all evacuated immediately along with surrounding residents in the area.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2019 4:01:29 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

86-year-old man dead, his 62-year-old daughter injured in Cedarburg house fire

An 86-year-old man died and his 62-year-old daughter was injured in a Cedarburg house fire about 9:30 a.m. Friday, according to a joint news release from the Cedarburg police and fire departments. When fire, EMS and police arrived at the home on Hillcrest Avenue near Lincoln Boulevard they saw through a window the man on the floor of a front room that was "heavily filled with smoke.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2019 5:29:58 AM - SOURCE: North Shore Now

Green Bay Firefighter to give program on vintage Door County fire engines

A program at the Door County Historical Museum brings a fireman and expert on firefighting history to its replica Pioneer Fire Company station to discuss the vintage fire engines there and how they operated. David Siegel of the Green Bay Metro Fire Department visits the museum Saturday, July 13 to explain the ideas behind the museum's three fully restored fire engines: the original hand-pumper used in Sturgeon Bay, an experimental chemical engine and the earliest motorized apparatus, an Oldsmobile engine built in 1920.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 1:35:15 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

3 fireworks employees injured during Fourth of July fireworks in Waukesha

On Friday, July 5, fire officials from the City of Waukesha released details related to two fireworks-related incidents that occurred on the Fourth of July. Three fireworks contractors were injured during the first incident, and a residential garage started on fire during the second incident. Around 9:55 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 11:47:04 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison