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Green Bay firefighters battle house fire on east side

Green Bay firefighters have contained a house fire on the city’s east side. At about 7 a.m., crews from several departments responded to a home in the 800 block of S. Quincy St. There was smoke coming from a hole in the roof of the home. Several engines responded to the scene. Firefighters did not find anyone inside the home.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 6:49:38 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

'I'm going to keep fighting': Man meets, thanks the Milwaukee first responders who saved his life

After losing both his legs in a tragic accident in February, Dan Franecki visited the Milwaukee fire station to meet and thank the first responders who saved his life. On Feb. 20, Franecki, a 35-year-old utility worker, was standing by his van near 6th Street and State Street when he was struck by an impaired driver.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2020 3:57:00 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wheatland residents to vote on $2.5 million firehouse expansion

The Wheatland firehouse design is still a work in progress, but a special meeting of the electors is scheduled Aug. 10 to vote on spending up to $2.5 million for an addition to existing station. Town Chairman Bill Glembocki made a motion to determine if the $2.5 million price tag would fly with residents.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2020 1:05:32 PM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

'Extremely challenging': Neenah-Menasha crews fight house fire

"Extremely challenging." That's how Neenah-Menasha firefighters describe the overhaul of a house fire scene on Broad St. On Monday morning, crews responded to a home engulfed in heavy smoke and flames. The residents escaped without harm. "Fire crews made a quick knock down of the fire however overhaul was extremely challenging due to the many void spaces," reads a statement from the department.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2020 9:37:53 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

7-year-old dies in drowning at La Valle water park, authorities say

A 7-year-old died in a drowning at Chapparal Campground Splash Waterpark in rural La Valle, according to information released Saturday by the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Chip Meister provided information about the drowning in a news release. Around 3:45 p.m. Friday, deputies, Elroy Police officers, La Valle first responders and members of the Reedsburg Ambulance Service were called to the scene after a call reported a girl had been found in the water not breathing.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2020 5:32:45 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

2 men hospitalized following car fire in Little Suamico

Two men are recovering from burns Sunday morning after a car caught fire in Little Suamico. Fire Chief Todd Zuge tells Action 2 News the car was on Brown Road when firefighters arrived, and that the fire was knocked down in about ten minutes. Officials say the young men suffered burns around their legs and on their hands.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2020 9:37:15 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Manitowoc residents hydrate firefighters during garage fire incident

The Salvation Army and Manitowoc residents worked together to hydrate local firefighters as crews worked to extinguish a garage fire on Saturday morning. According to the Manitowoc Fire Rescue Department (MFRD), at around 9 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a garage fire on S. 32nd Street in the 500 blocks.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2020 3:56:22 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Three dead, two injured in Spring Brook house fire Friday evening

Two adults and a 6-year-old girl died as a result of a fire in Spring Brook Township on Friday evening. Merrill Tande, 76, Christopher Rouse, 49, and a 6-year-old girl, all of rural Menomonie, were pronounced dead. Based on the initial investigation, authorities do not believe the cause of the fire is suspicious.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2020 2:43:10 PM - SOURCE: Dunn County News

Statue of fallen Sun Prairie Firefighter Cory Barr unveiled on explosion anniversary

Nearly 100 were in attendance Friday evening, as officials in Sun Prairie unveiled a statue honoring the late Cory Barr. On July 10 2018, Barr was killed after a natural gas explosion happened in the city’s downtown. Barr, who served as a volunteer fire captain, was attempting to evacuate buildings when the explosion happened.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2020 10:20:49 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Ashippun Fire Department to host picnic Saturday

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Ashippun Fire Department picnic will go on this Saturday. Although the three day event has been narrowed to one day, Ashippun Fire Department President Rob Sterr said it’s the department’s opportunity to give back to its community. While Watertown’s Riverfest, the Dodge and Jefferson County fairs, Milwaukee’s Summerfest and Wisconsin State Fair were canceled because of the pandemic, the Ashippun picnic remains on the calendar.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2020 8:49:05 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

'Interim' no more: Bostedt named chief of Oconto fire, rescue department

Josh Bostedt is the new chief of Oconto Fire Rescue Department. Bostedt, the department’s deputy chief since March 2019, had been serving as interim chief since the retirement of John Reed on June 15. The Police and Fire Commission decided in April that it didn’t need to waste time on a search for a new chief.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2020 8:18:52 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Juvenile’s arm, leg burned in boat fire at Sawyer County campground

A juvenile is recovering after suffering burns in a boat fire at a northwestern Wisconsin campground. It happened Tuesday night at the Black Lake Campground in Sawyer County. The 46-year-old boat operator said when he tried starting the boat several times there was a small explosion. Authorities say the juvenile's right forearm and leg were burned.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2020 3:48:35 AM - SOURCE: KBJR-TV NBC 6 Superior

Hwy 53 south of Eau Claire reopens nearly 8 hours after hazardous spill

VIDEO:Some 7 hours and 45 minutes after it closed down, Highway 53 just south of Eau Claire has reopened. Crews spent the majority of the day cleaning up after a truck hauling 26,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, 300 gallons of diesel and an unknown amount of dynamite tipped over. "When these materials are mixed together, they can be ignited and have some explosive properties to them and that is why we took all the steps that we could to minimize and mitigate the incident," said Allyn Bertrang, deputy chief of the Eau Claire Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2020 1:04:53 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

‘A Lion King moment:’ Bodycam captured Caledonia officer rescuing dog from house engulfed in flames

It's said cats have nine lives, but two dogs are lucky to be alive thanks to a Caledonia Police Department K-9 officer who pulled one of the canines from a burning home on Monday afternoon, July 6. CPD released the dramatic body camera video Tuesday. Shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday, Caledonia K-9 Officer Cory Radke and his partner, Lou, were on their way home when he saw a lot of smoke in the sky.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 6:39:28 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

2 tornado sirens down in Brown County, citizens reminded to have another warning system

Brown County Emergency Management officials say two tornado sirens in the area are currently down. According to the County, the siren on Lombardi Avenue just west of Oneida has been taken down and will need to be replaced. Currently, the replacement date by the City of Green Bay is still to be determined.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 5:58:01 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Sun Prairie to unveil statue, rename street in honor of fallen fire captain

The City of Sun Prairie is expected to unveil a statue and memorial Friday in honor of the firefighters who assisted during 2018’s downtown explosion. Sun Prairie Fire Chief Chris Garrison told News 3 Now the ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and last for about a half hour. Officials said the statue will be of a firefighter whose hands are holding the helmet of Fire Captain Cory Barr, who was killed after responding to the gas leak that caused the explosion in July 2018.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 4:49:16 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Obituary: Edmund F. Kretschmer, Wheatland Volunteer Firefighter

Edmund F. Kretschmer, 92, of Wheatland, passed away Monday, July 6, 2020 at his home. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Edmund worked for Lois Feedmill before working as a loader operator for and retiring from the Kenosha County Highway Department after over 30 years of service. He was a member of the VFW in Burlington and a volunteer firefighter for Wheatland.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 3:09:28 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

8 apartment units impacted by Chippewa Falls fire, 1 person injured

The Chippewa Falls Fire Chief says there was injury from the fire and the person was taken to the hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time. The fire is believed to be cooking related according to the preliminary investigation. According to the Red Cross, there are 8 apartment units that are impacted by the fire and 24 people have been displaced.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 2:36:24 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire

Truck fire extinguished in Marathon City

A truck caught on fire on County NN near Marathon City. The fire was reported around 11:20am Wednesday. Marathon City firefighters say the semi trailer was fully engulfed when they arrived. The flames were put out about a half-hour later. Traffic was restricted on County NN while emergency crews were in the area.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 11:38:06 AM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM 1390

Little Chute apartment complex evacuated due to water damage

An elderly apartment complex was evacuated Tuesday night after thousands of gallons of water damaged the building. According to the Little Chute Fire Department, crews were dispatched shortly after 11 p.m. for an unknown water emergency at the complex. Upon arrival, crews found that a water connection on an upper level was damaged, allowing for thousands of gallons of water to be distributed throughout the building.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 5:40:58 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay