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Wisconsin Fire News

Rhinelander: Firefighting in the bitter cold temperatures

Winter is a busy season for fire departments across the region. While flames fill the houses, that's not the only battle that firefighters face. During this recent cold spell the department has to make sure that their hoses and pumps do not freeze over. Jake Campbell is a firefighter paramedic at the Rhinelander Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2023 4:23:00 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander

Vernon County, La Crosse County fire crews respond to house fire in Stoddard

Fire crews from multiple towns worked together to put out a house fire in Stoddard on Tuesday night. The fire was called in shortly before 6 p.m. at a house on Lake Road. When firefighters arrived to the scene, there were flames coming out of the windows of the home. Crews from Stoddard, Coon Valley, Shelby, and Genoa worked together to get the fire put out quickly enough that the house is still structurally sound.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2023 6:20:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Multiple crews respond to Wisconsin Rapids structure fire

VIDEO: Fire crews responded to a fire at Wisconsin Dehydration and Processing, pet food plant. The fire occurred inside one of the dryers after some food got caught inside, it's an occurrence the Rapids fire department said happens often. This time, they needed help, and brought in multiple crews from various departments in the area.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Madison firefighters discover smoldering fire after responding to carbon monoxide alarm

Madison firefighters discovered a fire after responding to a carbon monoxide alarm on the near west side over the weekend. Madison Fire Department Cynthia Schuster said crews responded to a home near Gilmore and Gregory Streets around 11:20 p.m. Saturday. Schuster said homes in the area had a power surge and were without power, and many furnaces weren't working.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2023 7:24:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Garage fire causes estimated $250,000 in damage to Brooklyn home

Brooklyn homeowners are displaced after a garage fire Sunday. The Brooklyn Fire & EMS Protection District said several agencies responded to the fire on the 100 block of Stacie Court just before 5 p.m. When crews arrived, they found a "large amount of smoke and flames" coming from the home's attached garage.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2023 10:33:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Firefighters respond twice to Milwaukee house fire

Milwaukee firefighters twice battled fire at a house near 26th and Michigan on Monday, Jan. 30. Officials tell FOX6 News the first call came around 10:30 a.m. Fire started in the basement of the two-and-a-half story home – and spread to all floors. An extra fire engine was called in due to the bitter cold – so crews could rotate.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2023 7:39:56 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Elderly man suffers burns in Grafton home explosion; 'It just blew'

Grafton firefighters were dispatched to a home on Surrey Lane for a report of an explosion on Monday, Jan. 30. Grafton Fire Chief William Rice noted firefighters were dispatched to the neighborhood just after 11 a.m. Monday. When firefighters arrived, there was an older couple in the driveway – a man had suffered minor burns.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2023 5:02:37 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Kaukauna firefighters and shelters concerned about extreme cold

The cold weather this week poses a concern for people who have to work outside, including area firefighters who now have to battle a lot of ice buildup. Case in point, firefighters in Kaukauna had to deal with extreme could while responding to a house fire (see related story). It was a combination of fighting heat and flames and the ice from their water freezing up all over the site, which can be dangerous.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2023 2:27:00 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Firefighters respond to residential fire near 57th and Birch in Milwaukee

PHOTOS: Firefighters on Monday, Jan. 30 responded to the scene of a fire near 57th Street and Villard Avenue in Milwaukee. The call came in shortly after 5 a.m. First units on scene reported a working fire in a two-story residential structure. Upon arrival, fire crews found one person with burns and another with smoke inhalation and minor injuries.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2023 10:27:27 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

More than a dozen displaced after apartment fire in Fitchburg

More than a dozen families are displaced after a fire at a Fitchburg apartment building Sunday afternoon. Dane County Communications received calls about a fire at a Fitchburg apartment building near the intersection of High Ridge Trail and Fish Hatchery Road just before 3:30 p.m. Fitchburg Fire Chief Joe Pulvermacher told 27 News about 10 agencies responded to the incident, including crews from Verona, Fitch-Rona, Oregon, McFarland, Maple Bluff, and Madison.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2023 1:24:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Portage City Council approves new ambulance contract

The Portage City Council has approved a new ambulance contract that will keep Portage and surrounding towns covered for the rest of the year with an option to extend into 2024. In September, Aspirus Wausau Hospital informed the city it was not going to extend the ambulance contract that has covered the city since 1999 and terminated the contract.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Kaukauna home total loss due to fire, $400K+ in damages

A home in Kaukauna is now considered a ‘total loss’ following a fire that caused more than $400,000 in damages and its structure to collapse. According to the Kaukauna Fire Department, crews responded to the residence on Woodhaven Lane at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday. When firefighters arrived, the home was already fully engulfed in flames and crews say the structure had already begun to collapse.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2023 11:15:00 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Two saved, one person perishes in Racine fire

Racine Fire Department is reporting that two people were saved and one person died in a fire that took place at around 4:00 a.m. at 1833 Woodland Ave. in Racine. According to officials, smoke alarms alerted two of the three people sleeping in the single-story house, and one person, a 74-year-old man was found inside the house alive but unresponsive.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2023 5:12:15 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

La Crosse home heavily damaged in fire

PHOTOS: The cause of an early morning fire that caused major damage to a south side La Crosse home is still under investigation. Crews from the La Crosse Fire Department were sent to 344 28th St. South at 3:10 a.m. According to Battalion Chief Bee Xiong, crews were sent there while responding to another fire alarm.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2023 7:35:00 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Firefighter training program in Madison for teens helps spark the next generation of first responders

A training program for high schoolers interested in becoming first responders has been picking up steam over the last few years. First responders are in high demand across Wisconsin and many departments are in need of more firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians. The NextGen Responders Academy at Madison College is working to train more students, encouraging them to join the field.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 1

Ashland father-daughter duo ready to answer the call

Thirty years ago, Kevin Alajoki decided to become a firefighter because of a woman. His then-girlfriend’s uncle told Kevin, “If you want to impress her, you should become a firefighter.” So he did. Taking that chance paid off and has led him on a career of battling fires for more than two decades at the Ashland Fire Department, where he now is a captain.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ashland Daily Press - Metered Site

1 dead in snowmobile accident on Hwy 47 north of Rhinelander

On Thursday, The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a snowmobile accident near the intersection of Hwy 47 and Bridge Road in the town of Newbold. Upon arrival, deputies determined that a group of snowmobiles were crossing Hwy 47 from east to west. The last snowmobile in the group was then struck by a vehicle traveling south.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Multiple first responders assist with trapped driver after rollover crash in Canton

PHOTOS: First responders from multiple agencies responded to a rollover crash in northwestern Wisconsin after the driver became trapped in their truck. Deputies with the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office say the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Canton. In the photos provided, the truck can be seen turned over in a ditch in snowy and ‘slippery’ conditions.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Sun Prairie firefighters battle duplex fire

Firefighters only needed five minutes to knock down the flames inside one unit of a Sun Prairie duplex and keep the blaze from causing too much damage to the other half of the home, the city fire department reported Thursday. The statement from the Sun Prairie Fire Dept. also credited a young resident of the second half of the duplex for getting a dog out of that home, while firefighters were able to go into the side where the fire started and rescue a cat.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2023 11:40:47 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

8 without a home after fire in Fond du Lac

Firefighters in Fond du Lac County worked hard to extinguish flames at an apartment on Wednesday evening. According to a release, on January 25, 2023, around 7:30 p.m., Fond du Lac Fire & Rescue was sent to the 170 block of East Johnson Street for a report of a fire. Upon arrival, crews encountered smoke conditions and fire showing inside the rear window of the lower apartment.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2023 6:19:21 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV And WJMN-TV CBS 5 Green Bay


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