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Update: Lake Delton Mt. Olympus maintenance building fire damage estimated at $1.2 million

The damage estimate for the Feb. 14 Mt. Olympus maintenance building fire is $1.2 million. “We come up with the loss estimation by first looking at the size of the building and what it would cost, conservatively, to reconstruct,” said Delton Fire Chief Darren Jorgenson. “Then, we take a look at what contents were lost in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 12:35:43 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Sandalwood smoke brings Madison firefighters to Downtown apartment building

Sandalwood has a nice smell when burned, but using too much can bring firefighters to your door. That's what happened Wednesday evening when the Madison Fire Department was called out to the 600 block of West Doty Street because there was smoke in the hallway of an apartment building. A full structure fire response was sent to the building, as firefighters went up to the fourth floor, where the smoke was reported to be coming from.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 9:08:32 AM - SOURCE: Madison

Crews put out Jefferson County business fire

No one was injured in a business fire in Fort Atkinson on Thursday morning. Fort Atkinson Fire Chief Daryl Rausch said crews were called to On-Cor Frozen Foods Redi-Serve plant on Industrial Dive. Rausah said the fire originated in a fryer and made its way through the exhaust ducts. It was quickly contained.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 7:39:19 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Smoke detector saves Bellevue man in house fire

VIDEO: A man in Bellevue was awaken by his working smoke detector after his house caught on fire Wednesday night. At around 11 p.m., Bellevue Fire and Rescue units responded to 2978 Tordeur Lane after a structure fire was reported. Fire and smoke was showing from the south side of the house. Fire units were able to control the fire in 20 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 6:27:04 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Eau Claire firefighters fan the flames of love for Valentine's Day

VIDEO: Eau Claire Floral had special workers helping them with their Valentine's Day deliveries Wednesday. Dressed in their gear, off-duty firefighters with the Eau Claire Fire Department delivered every flower arrangement imaginable to sweethearts around the Chippewa Valley. The fire fighters told News 18 they enjoy seeing the reactions of recipients when they get their bouquet, and that celebrating the day of love is extra unique because their flower delivery job lets them show love as a fire station, to the Eau Claire community.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 4:48:42 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Grand Chute's Gretzinger honored as state firefighter of the year

VIDEO: Lt. Bill Gretzinger of the Grand Chute Fire Department has been named firefighter of the year by the Wisconsin State Firefighters Association. Gretzinger, 55, will accept the award March 3 at the association's annual conference in Middleton. "I feel very honored and, most importantly, very humbled," Gretzinger told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 1:06:28 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Fire destroys Mt. Olympus building; 2nd fire at a Wisconsin Dells resort in 3 weeks

A fire destroyed a maintenance building at the Mt. Olympus Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells early Wednesday morning, with nobody hurt in the blaze. This was the second major fire at a theme park in Wisconsin Dells in three weeks. On Jan. 25, fire destroyed a dormitory under construction at Wilderness Resort, with that fire ruled to be arson.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 7:44:46 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

Mount Pleasant board postpones vote on EMS station

Following the outcry from a few neighbors, the Mount Pleasant Village Board voted Monday night 5-1 to press the pause button on rezoning a plot of land on Emmertsen Road for an emergency medical service station for two weeks to get some questions answered. Village Trustee John Hewitt was the only one to vote against putting the project on hold.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 2:17:56 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Crews called to chimney fire in Stevens Point, no injuries

VIDEO: According to investigators, there are no injuries after a chimney fire on the 2,000-block of Ellis Street in Stevens Point Tuesday evening. The Assistant Fire Chief for the Stevens Point Fire Department, Jodi Baganz, told our reporter at the scene the there was also fire on the exterior of the home, but everything is out, now.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 9:34:38 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire damages Brookfield restaurant, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Monday night, Feb. 12 were called out to Mr. B’s restaurant on Capitol Drive in Brookfield for a possible chimney fire. The call came in around 6:55 p.m. According to the City of Brookfield Fire Department, a passersby noticed heavy smoke and fire embers from a chimney and informed the business operator.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 9:07:14 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Little Chute Firefighter Injured, Taken To The Hospital

A Little Chute firefighter was taken to the hospital after battling a house fire. The call went out around around 5:30 last night (Monday) on Rolling Meadows Drive. When crews arrived, smoke and flames were pouring out of the garage. The firefighter taken to the hospital was treated for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 7:11:39 AM - SOURCE: WIXX-FM 101

Fire damages home in Sheboygan County; extent of damage unknown

Firefighters on Monday night, Feb. 12 responded to the scene of house fire in the Town of Rhine. Crews were called out to a residence on County Road EH near Little Elkhart Lake Road shortly before midnight. According to the caller, the fire started while the residents were using their fireplace. No additional details have been released — including the extent of damage to the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 4:35:06 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Salem Lakes, Bristol and Somers fire departments rely on federal grants

Firefighting equipment is expensive and can eat up most of a small department’s budget, fire chiefs throughout the county report. As a result, departments look for federal grants, like ones available through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, to help offset costs. “These grants help us purchase needed equipment without taking away funding for operations,” Salem Lakes Fire Chief Mike Slover said.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 1:46:50 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Veteran Portage firefighter sworn in as PFD's full-time engineer

An experienced firefighter was sworn in Monday as the Portage Fire Department’s new engineer. In the Common Council chambers of the Portage Municipal Building, in front of an audience of firefighters, law enforcement, family and city officials, Fire Chief Clayton Simonson Jr. introduced Capt. Matthew Asch, 40, as the department’s new engineer.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2018 7:56:26 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Madison fire crew rescues stranded dog with badly broken leg

A Madison fire crew helped a dog that was badly injured in a fall from a rooftop Saturday, officials said. The Madison Fire Department said a passerby reported hearing the cries and whimpers of a dog trapped on the roof of a house in the 100 block of North Butler Street at 5:23 p.m. When firefighters arrived four minutes later, the dog had already jumped or fallen off the roof and had badly broken its leg, according to the report.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2018 12:54:42 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Woman in custody after 1-year-old girl dies following Milwaukee house fire near 28th and Meinecke

A 31-year-old woman has been taken into custody on preliminary charges of child neglect after a 1-year-old girl died following a house fire on Milwaukee's north side Saturday, Feb. 10. Family members told FOX6 News Quamyiia Owens just celebrated her first birthday in December. She was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries after the fire, and sadly, she did not survive.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2018 6:16:24 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Man dies after Saturday house fire in Madison

VIDEO: Madison fire officials have confirmed to Channel 27 News that one of the people involved in the house fire on Sheffield Road Saturday night has died. Department Spokeswoman Amy Lampe says she can't tell us the name of the person, pending official notification from the Dane County Medical Examiner's office.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2018 1:50:16 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Child with lighter reportedly starts Racine house fire

A child playing with a lighter in a bedroom reportedly caused a house fire with an estimated loss of $20,000. According to a press release from the City of Racine Fire Department, firefighters and the Racine police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Mayfair Drive at 12:12 a.m. on Saturday to find smoke coming from the upstairs window of a unit in a duplex.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2018 2:12:50 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Fitchburg firefighter injured in early Saturday morning house fire, officials say

PHOTO: A Fitchburg firefighter was transported to a local hospital with minor fire-related injuries following an early morning residential fire Saturday, officials told News 3. Officials said they received a call around 5:30 a.m. regarding a house fire in the 4000 block of Aztec Trail in Fitchburg and have been at the scene for at least seven hours now.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2018 11:23:15 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fighting opioid crisis: Milwaukee Fire Departments offering pre-paid envelopes for leftover pills

VIDEO: Prescription drug abuse is spiraling into an overwhelming dilemma, and the opioid crisis is something our nation grapples with every day. In response, local firefighters are working to fight addiction in our neighborhoods. Thursday, Feb. 8, the Milwaukee Fire Department announced its involvement in a drug take back program.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2018 4:52:50 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6