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Driver hurt after car crashes into Fond du Lac apartment building

VIDEO: One person was taken to the hospital after a car crashed into an apartment building Sunday morning on the city's east side. Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue personnel responded about 8:40 a.m. to Golfview Estate Apartments, 265 Whispering Springs Drive, where they found a four-door car crashed into a first-floor apartment, according to the department.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2018 11:25:05 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Resident and three pets die in Racine house fire

VIDEO: The Racine Fire Department responded to a home on Gilson Street just before 6:30AM Sunday for a fire. When firefighters arrived and searched the house they found a resident suffering from “injuries unsustainable to life.” Firefighters also found three deceased pets inside the home. The fire damage was primarily contained to a bedroom with smoke damage extending through the rest of the home.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2018 10:44:03 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Investigation continues after students fall ill at Oconomowoc Highschool

According to Western Lakes Fire Chief Bradley Bowen, the Medical Division on Thursday, March 22 transported a total of 64 patients by ambulance to Oconomowoc and Aurora Hospitals. The individuals transported included both students and faculty of the school. Throughout the day, the two emergency departments evaluated an additional 40 walk-in patients for related symptoms.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2018 9:59:44 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Rock County law enforcement works to streamline mutual aid response

VIDEO: Rock County law enforcement agencies are setting up a system to streamline their emergency response and save time in case of a crisis. The system is called MARS, or the Mutual Aid Response System. It’s similar to MABAS, or the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, already used by fire departments statewide.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 9:34:58 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

No one hurt in Cross Plains house fire

VIDEO: The Cross Plains fire chief tells 27 News people were home at the time a fire started in a home near Dale Court and Laufenberg Boulevard, but everyone made it out okay. No firefighters were hurt, the chief added. A crew will remain on scene overnight to monitor hot spots. The chief says the fire was so bad that at one point flames were through the roof.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 9:18:28 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Former Tichigan fire chief accused of misappropriating more than $20K reaches plea deal

A Mukwonago man, former chief of the Tichigan Volunteer Fire Department, has reached a plea deal in a case in which he was accused of misappropriating more than $20,000 in fire department funds — using the money for personal gain. Todd Bluhm, 48, on Tuesday, March 20 pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor counts of theft-business setting, less than $2,500.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 5:34:35 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

1 dead, 15 displaced in early morning house fires on Milwaukee's north side

VIDEO: One person was killed and 15 people are now without a home following an early morning fire on Milwaukee's north side. The two-alarm blaze started just before 4 a.m. Wednesday -- near the intersection of 20th & North Ave. Firefighters were battling the fire on two fronts -- as the two homes next to one another both caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 7:11:01 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Towns of Beloit, Turtle merge fire departments in operational agreement

The Town of Beloit and Town of Turtle voted Tuesday to merge their fire departments so they can operate autonomously but share equipment, facilities and staff, according to a release. The board members voted unanimously to approve the operational merger, which will also allow the departments to keep their own identities and budgets, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 5:32:01 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Green Bay City Council increases ambulance fees by more than $200

VIDEO: Calling 911 just got more expensive. Green Bay City Council members on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve an increase in the city's ambulance rescue fees. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department sought the fee hike to be able to collect more money in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, but the move also will help the agency cover growing expenses, Fire Chief David Litton said.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Gazette

Firefighters battle fire at Holiday Inn in Grand Chute

VIDEO: The Holiday Inn in Grand Chute, 150 S. Nicolet Rd., was evacuated Tuesday due to a fire. The fire was not inside the building, according to a hotel spokesperson. The fire was contained to a trash chute outside the building, a fire official said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2018 5:36:26 PM - SOURCE: NBC26

Talks of merging police, fire chief positions in Onalaska shot down

The City of Onalaska is facing the possibility of having to replace both its police chief and fire chief at the same time. One of the ideas floated by city leaders proposed not filling those positions and instead creating the position of a safety director to oversee both the police and fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2018 4:45:30 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Part-time Menomonee Falls firefighter arrested, accused of threatening Gov. Walker

VIDEO: A part-time Menomonee Falls firefighter is facing criminal charges for a Facebook post threatening Gov. Scott Walker. Wisconsin State Capitol Police got the call March 8 reporting an alarming post on Facebook that read, "I suggest we take all our firearms to the governor's mansion and execute the parasite.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2018 4:42:36 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Fond du Lac firefighters rescue cat from house fire

VIDEO: Firefighters rescued a cat from a house fire in Fond du Lac. The fire broke out just before 5 p.m. Monday at a 4-unit home on E. 10th Street. Fire officials said the fire was quickly put out. No one was home at the time of the fire. One cat was rescued and received oxygen by paramedics who used a special mask made for pets.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 11:25:45 PM - SOURCE: NBC26

Germantown fire chief mysteriously resigns after being placed on leave

VIDEO: The Germantown Fire Chief has resigned amid concerns surrounding his position and the fire department. Chief Gary Weiss had been placed on administrative leave for what the Village Administrator Steve Kreklow called a “confidential HR issue.” After a closed session, the Germantown Village Board announced Monday night that the chief had resigned.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 9:24:22 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-AM 620 Milwaukee

Beaver Dam Common Council approves collective bargaining agreement with on-call firefighters

The Beaver Dam Common Council approved a collective bargaining agreement with the city’s on-call fire fighters at its meeting on Monday night. The motion passed unanimously 12-0. Council members Robert Ballweg and Kara Nelson were absent. The agreement will bump up the pay for the on-call firefighers, who work part time and receive a stipend and an hourly wage.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 7:59:16 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Fire consumes garage in Fox Lake

A fire consumed a garage in the town of Fox Lake on Monday afternoon, causing an estimated $150,000 in damage to the structure, which was deemed a total loss. The Fox Lake Fire Department responded to W9880 Ireland Road at 1:10 p.m., and officials shut down County Highway 33 for a period of time because there was zero visibility due to smoke.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 7:00:34 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Update: Sister charged with reckless homicide, arson in brother's death in Deer Creek fire

VIDEO: A Deer Creek woman accused of starting a house fire that killed her developmentally disabled brother last week was charged Monday with first-degree reckless homicide, arson and bail jumping. Dana L. Nachtrab, 27, was ordered held on a $300,000 cash bond with conditions including that she not possess any devices capable of lighting a fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 5:28:18 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Brush, grass fires keep Madison firefighters busy

Small fires in brush and grass on the city's Far East Side kept Madison firefighters busy Sunday, but none of the fires got big enough to threaten structures. Nobody was injured in the fires reported at 11:40 a.m. in the 5600 block of Fen Oak Drive, the Madison Fire Department said. When firefighters arrived they found two separate areas burning, and areas where the fires could have extinguished by themselves.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 9:06:23 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Motorcycle catches on fire at Eau Claire intersection

A motorcycle is destroyed after it catches on fire in Eau Claire. It happened Saturday around 7 p.m. at the corner of Jeffers Road and North Crossing. The Eau Claire Police Department said the fire started because of a mechanical issues. It was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived. No one was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2018 8:00:27 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Man injured in Sheboygan house fire

The Sheboygan Fire Department said that a home near 8th and Jackson is a total loss after a Saturday evening fire. The Sheboygan Fire Department Dispatch Center received multiple 911 calls around 5:30 p.m. reporting smoke and flames shooting from the home. A large amount of fire was coming from the back of the home when firefighters arrived on scene.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2018 10:28:59 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee