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Norway town chairwoman is taking a wait-and-see stand regarding Dane County allegations against Wind Lake fire chief

The Norway town chairwoman is taking a wait-and-see stand regarding allegations of misconduct in Dane County against Don Catenacci, the new fire chief for the Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Company. Catenacci, in addition to his part-time position as fire chief in Wind Lake, is also a part-time assistant chief for the Verona Fire Department in Dane County.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2018 5:31:30 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Battle of the Badges in Racine raises $50,000 for three charities

Area law enforcement and firefighters raised over $50,000 at the Battle of the Badges: The Fight for Autism charity boxing event on Sept. 29 at Racine Case High School. The event is organized by Kenosha resident Jim Kelley of the Mount Pleasant Police Department. A check presentation was held on Nov.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2018 4:14:39 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Wheatland selects construction manager for firehouse project

Scherrer Construction will oversee the planning and construction of a new firehouse under a contract approved Monday by the Wheatland Town Board. Town Board chairman William Glembocki said Scherrer is a local company and provided the lowest bid, coming in at 4.95 percent of what the total project cost will be.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2018 1:47:36 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

La Crosse Fire Department warns to check, maintain dehumidifiers after weekend fire

A weekend fire has the La Crosse Fire Department warning people about dehumidifiers. Crews responded to a fire caused by a malfunctioning dehumidifier on Saturday. The device was in the home's basement when it caught fire. The Department says about 6-million of the appliances were recalled in recent years, particularly ones made between 2007 and 2014.
- PUB DATE: 11/27/2018 3:38:51 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Guns, chemicals, trash: Green Bay police likened basement crime scene to hoarding

A criminal complaint filed Monday in Brown County Circuit Court likens the scene of a chemical scare on the city’s west side to a hoarding situation. Police officers who first entered the home’s basement found it littered with jars of chemicals and trash. They were quickly driven out by the smell of chemicals and concern for their own safety, according to a complaint charging Jennifer Lynn Gross with disorderly conduct and obstructing police.
- PUB DATE: 11/27/2018 9:01:19 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

'We're still alive and we're still fighting': How a La Crosse family survived the California Camp Fire

When Christine Poje’s children woke her up the morning of Nov. 8 to see the sunrise, she thought the red sky might portend rain. Red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning. “We could use a storm,” Poje thought, as she got up to cover the firewood with a tarp. California had only officially come out of a three-year drought last year.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2018 3:36:39 PM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Oshkosh fire caused by unattended cooking, firefighters determine

Firefighters say unattended cooking caused a fire in Oshkosh that sent two people to the hospital over the weekend. The fire has been ruled an accident. The Oshkosh Fire Dept. says firefighters were called to 145 High Ave. around 1 a.m. Saturday. One person was rescued from an upstairs rear window of the two-story building which housed a business and six apartments.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2018 10:15:37 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Oshkosh Building Fire Caused by Unattended Cooking

The Oshkosh Fire Department is pointing to unattended cooking as the cause behind a building fire along High Avenue early Saturday morning. Fire officials ruled the cause as accidental and did not release further details. Two people were injured during the fire – and they remain in a Milwaukee hospital.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2018 9:38:07 AM - SOURCE: KFIZ

Sheriff reinstates volunteer Wood County rescue unit a week after eliminating service

Community blowback prompted the Wood County sheriff to reinstate a volunteer emergency response unit less than a week after he demobilized the service. Sheriff Thomas Reichert, who is retiring at the end of the year, said in a news release Monday that the "emotional response" from Wood County residents caused him to reinstate the Sheriff's Rescue so that people can have their voice heard with the County Board and the incoming sheriff, Shawn Becker.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2018 9:36:27 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Few restrictions on open burning in Baraboo, but new online tool helps residents decide if safe

Area residents who wish to dispose of something by burning it — such as the many leaves covering their yards — can use a new online tool from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources before they light the fire. The interactive tool “Can I burn?” asks users what they would be burning, where the materials come from and what their intent is.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire does extensive damage to north side Milwaukee home Sunday afternoon

The occupants of a house on the city’s north side escaped unharmed when fire did extensive damage to their home early Sunday afternoon. The Milwaukee Fire Department was called to a house fire at N 11th and W Locust Streets around 1 PM this afternoon. According to officials, the fire was discovered in a first floor bedroom and it extended to the second floor and attic of the wood frame building.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2018 1:51:23 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Early-morning fire destroys Washburn-area home

An early-morning fire Wednesday left a rural Washburn family homeless headed into the Thanksgiving holiday. The fire was reported at about 2 a.m. at the home of Kirby Krueger on Friendly Valley Road about eight miles north of the city, Washburn Fire Chief Mike Pedersen said. “By the time we got there almost half the house was engulfed already,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2018 8:37:44 AM - SOURCE: Ashland Daily Press

Rice Lake woman killed in crash with school bus

A 55-year-old Rice Lake woman died when her vehicle crashed into a school bus Tuesday night in Barron County. Joy Tew was declared dead at the scene of the crash on Highway 48, just west of Rice Lake. All passengers and the driver of the bus were checked for injuries on-site and released. The bus was transporting 22 students from the Amery High School girls basketball team and four coaches at about 9:25 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2018 8:14:15 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Legislator blasts DNR for allegedly forcing deer rescue

A legislator is ripping the state Department of Natural Resources for allegedly forcing firefighters to rescue a deer stranded on a frozen lake. Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow tweeted Tuesday that a DNR warden "harassed" firefighters into rescuing a deer that had wandered out onto Balsam Lake. He said he would fire the warden for "being complicit in putting firefighters at risk, over a stupid deer.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2018 8:02:11 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Onalaska welcomes new firefighters

The Onalaska Fire Department has a full roster after two new firefighter/emergency medical technicians joined the force in October. The new emergency personnel were presented to the Onalaska Common Council at its Nov. 13 meeting. Onalaska Fire Chief Billy D. Hayes introduced firefighter/EMT Jordan Hensler who comes to the department from Waterloo, and firefighter/EMT Mitch Schulte is from French Island.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2018 4:27:33 AM - SOURCE: Coulee News

Firefighter Proposes to Girlfriend During Appleton Christmas Parade

VIDEO: A special holiday proposal happened during Appleton's Christmas parade. "I held a secret the whole time from buying the ring, to me lying about working, it's been a whole secret this whole time," says firefighter Bryce Sternhagen. Bryce and Samantha have been a couple for 7 years. Little did she know the surprise that awaited her when the Appleton Fire Department's float stopped in front of her.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2018 9:23:05 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Madison fire chief hopes two cooking fires in four days teaches others to stand by their stoves

VIDEO: Two unattended cooking fires in just four days has the Madison Fire Department sending out a warning ahead of the holiday season. On Wednesday, a tenant in an apartment complex on Brentwood Pkwy left a pan of oil heating on the stove. Fire Chief Steven Davis said when the woman returned to find a fire had started, she tried to put it out by throwing water on it.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2018 8:37:17 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Wisconsin Supreme Court will not hear Oconto County arson appeal

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will not hear Donald Tappa’s appeal, leaving his conviction in place for setting fire to the Log Jam Saloon in Oconto County. Tappa, 43, was convicted of nine counts, including arson, for the Dec. 25, 2013 fire. He is serving a 20-year prison term. Earlier this year, a state appeals court rejected his arguments for a new trial.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2018 6:45:30 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Eau Claire County: Township Fire Department looks to recruit volunteers

VIDEO: As California firefighters continue to battle wildfires that have left at least 80 people dead, Eau Claire County firefighters are keeping them in their thoughts while also asking for the community's support locally. The Township Fire Department says 70-percent of our nation's firefighters are volunteers.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2018 5:14:04 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Wisconsin volunteers helping with wildfire recovery

On Monday, a volunteer from the Wisconsin Red Cross will fly out to California to help with wildfire efforts. Several volunteers have already traveled to California to help with evacuations - that includes four people from the Milwaukee area. The Camp Fire is the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2018 8:36:16 AM - SOURCE: NBC26