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Wisconsin Fire News

Three stall garage a total loss after overnight fire in Green Bay

A three stall unattached garage is a total loss after a fire late Wednesday night. Just before 11:30 p.m., fire crews were called to the scene at 1163 Eastman Ave., according to a press release from the Green Bay Metro Fire Department. When firefighters arrived they found the garage fully engulfed in flames, the fire department said.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 5:35:28 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Follow Up: Firefighters face challenges during downtown Appleton fire

As Rusty Witthuhn watched smoke come out from, a now frail Author's Kitchen + Bar, he couldn't help but reminisce about his childhood. "My parents brought me here to buy shoes when I was a kid," said Witthuhn. "Since then it's been a number of different restaurants." "We had significant fire around us and conditions were worsening, we pulled crews out and went to a defensive attack," said Appleton Battalion Fire Chief Ethan Kroll.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 2:37:42 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Two dead including 4-year-old child, infant hospitalized after fire in Milwaukee

People in Milwaukee are mourning a man and a child killed in a house fire on the city's north side. Fire officials say incidents like this are what they're trained for, but they say any loss is hard not just for a community but for firefighters as well. "I just felt for the family because they were here screaming and crying," said Nicole Russ, a witness.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 1:12:51 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Space heater sparks shed fire in Town of Sheboygan Falls, several cats saved

Firefighters on Tuesday night, March 12 responded to the scene of a shed fire on State Highway 32 in Sheboygan Falls. The call came in around 10:30 p.m. When crews arrived on scene, they observed one of two sheds fully engulfed in fire. There was fencing surrounding the two sheds — and several cats within the fenced area were saved.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 5:35:23 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Tenants safely escape massive apartment fire in Appleton

An apartment building is destroyed in a fire in Appleton. It broke out around 2 a.m. Wednesday near the 200 block of North Appleton Street. The building's owner says 7 people lived in these apartments and were home at the time of the fire. Fire crews say 8 tenants were evacuated safely. Officials say they believe this is a natural gas fire but they still can't confirm a cause.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 3:32:44 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Update: No SAFER grant for Caledonia Fire Department

The Village Board on Tuesday denied a request from the Caledonia Fire Department to apply for a grant that potentially could have helped fund the addition of six firefighters to its staff. Instead of authorizing the department’s application for a federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response — or SAFER — grant, the village trustees agreed to create an ad hoc committee to look into various options for financing and staffing at the department.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 11:07:23 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Fire at Janesville home displaces 5 people, causes $25,000 in damage

A fire at a Janesville home has displaced five people and left $25,000 worth of damage, according to a news release from the Janesville Fire Department. Firefighters responded to a single-story, single-family home at 3206 Canterbury Lane for a report of a residential fire just after 8:45 p.m. Monday.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 10:26:54 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire extinguished at K&S Fuel Injection in Weston

Firefighters have extinguished a fire at K&S Fuel Injection in Weston. The call for the fire came in just before 9 p.m. Monday night. According to the South Area Fire and Emergency Response District, the fire was out within 20 minutes of them arriving at the scene. There's extensive damage to a corner of the building where construction was being done.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 7:59:15 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

White Lake Volunteer Fire Department roof collapses

On Sunday around 8:30 a.m. the roof of the White Lake Volunteer Fire Department in Langlade County collapsed causing emergency response vehicles to be caught underneath the debris. No one was inside the building at the time of the collapse. “It was kind of shocking at first, you think it's never going to happen to your department but it does," stated Allan Holbrook, assistant chief with the White Lake Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 7:43:50 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Caledonia Fire officials say more firefighters are needed, but it’ll be costly

The village has some decisions to make. Leaders of the Caledonia Fire Department believe 18 more firefighters need to be hired, but the cost of that would be in the millions and is more of a long-term goal. For starters, Fire Chief Richard Roeder and Battalion Chief Jeff Henningfeld want to add six new firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 4:46:18 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

'It's OK if you need help': Superior firefighters focus on mental health

Superior firefighters know what it's like to lose one of their own. Battalion Chief Erik Sutton died by suicide in April 2018, a few weeks after retiring. Sutton, 46, was a 20-year veteran of the department. "That is, as an organization, as an individual, one of the most challenging and difficult things that I've ever been through," said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: superiortelegram.com

12 people displaced after apartment fire in the Town of Madison

Representatives with the Red Cross are assisting 12 people, including nine children, displaced after a fire Sunday afternoon. Firefighters responded around 4:15 p.m. to a fire inside the Parker Place Apartments on the 2000 block of Parker Place in the Town of Madison. Residents who were home at the time of the fire escaped without injuries, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2019 5:02:44 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Verona: Farm Safety Day trains first responders on how to handle farm rescues

Stateline Farm Rescue trained area first responders on how to safely execute farm rescues at Doerfer Farms on Saturday. Approximately 60 first responders from 10 area fire departments participated in the hands-on training that focused on grain bin extractions and auger entanglement, two common farming incidents.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2019 2:34:23 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Sauk City Fire receives grant to help with water rescues following summer flooding

The Sauk City Fire Department has received grant money to purchase 10 new warm-weather water rescue suits. Assistant Chief Mike Breunig says the suits are necessary to make water rescues safely. "It's just about knowing, no matter what I'm wearing, I'm protected from the water," he said. "That I have the right gear to do my job and not have to worry about not having the right gear when I'm out in the water.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2019 6:37:20 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Madison firefighters prove to be fastest at 2019 American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb

The Madison Fire Department took home the medals for fastest female firefighters at the 2019 American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb Saturday afternoon. Firefighters had to climb the 47 floors, 1,034 steps, to the top of the US Bank Center in Milwaukee to raise awareness and funds for the American Lung Association.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2019 1:59:46 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Gov. Tony Evers proposes $6.7M for Parkside fire alarm upgrades, Ellsworth plans defered

Gov. Tony Evers is proposing spending spending more than $1 billion of his $2.5 billion proposed capital budget on upgrades for different schools within the UW-System. For the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Evers is proposing spending $6.7 million for a campuswide upgrade of the fire alarm system.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2019 7:10:45 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Manitowoc garage severely damaged in fire

A residential garage in Manitowoc suffered significant damage Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out inside of it. Fire crews were dispatched about 4 p.m. to 732 S. 22nd St. for a report of smoke coming from a two car unattached garage, a press release from Manitowoc Fire and Rescue said. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the roof and closed overhead door of the structure, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2019 4:38:18 AM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Mother Speaks About Superior Firefighter Son’s Suicide; Dept. Holds New Support Training

Cheryl Sutton, the mother of Erik Sutton — a retired Superior fire battalion chief – broke her silence Thursday about her son’s suicide to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger. This, as the Superior Fire Department – for the first time – takes on special mental health training to help prevent another tragedy involving one of their own.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 21 News

Dangerous carbon monoxide levels send Milwaukee family of 4 to hospital

Deadly levels of carbon monoxide (CO) sent a family of four to the hospital. It happened on Milwaukee's northwest side. "They were having symptoms of headaches and a bit disoriented," said Battalion Chief James Hardy, with the Milwaukee Fire Department. A carbon monoxide leak brought firefighters out on a cold day to a home just north of 79th and Hampton.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2019 10:27:07 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Two months after their captain's death, Lake Mills fire department keeps memory alive

A man accused of killing a Lake Mills firefighter was officially charged in Dane County Court Thursday. Originally, Cremers was arrested on a tentative charge of homicide by drunken driving. He blew a .079 during a breathalyzer test, which is below Wisconsin’s legal limit to drive. Cremers is now charged with knowingly operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2019 8:05:16 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison