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Child playing with cigarette lighter causes fire in Racine

The Racine Fire Department was called out to a possible structure fire near Green Street and 3 Mile Road Sunday night, Oct. 14. People inside were able to extinguish most of the bedroom fire before fire crews arrived. So when firefighters got to the scene just after 7 p.m., they cooled down the area of the bedroom closet where the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2018 4:44:13 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

One killed, one hospitalized after Town of Sun Prairie crash

One person died, a second was transported for medical treatment and a third person was arrested following an Oct. 14 crash in the Town of Sun Prairie. According to Sun Prairie Asst. Fire Chief Bill Sullivan, shortly after 4 p.m., the Sun Prairie Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident with multiple injuries in the 2600 block of County Highway T in the Town of Sun Prairie.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2018 1:42:06 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Eight Wood County fire departments to share $656,429 FEMA grant

Firefighters from eight Wood County fire departments will be a little safer thanks to a $656,429 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant pays for 95 percent of the cost of replacing all eight departments' self-contained breathing apparatus, Hewitt-Area Fire Department Chief Brian Hafermann said.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2018 2:39:02 PM - SOURCE: Marshfield News-Herald

10 people rescued from windows in apartment fire on Milwaukee’s east side

VIDEO: The smoke has cleared but the damage remains at an apartment building on Milwaukee's east side. Several residents inside were dangling out of the windows, waiting for help when a fire broke out Friday night, Oct. 12. Those rescued were taken from the high rise by the fire department's ladder. "I saw one of my friends being taken out on a stretcher," said Leslie Zimmermann.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2018 10:51:46 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Boyd gas leak: Woman charged with obstruction for actions during crisis

A woman accused of obstructing firefighters and emergency workers who were handling a potentially deadly gas leak Sept. 11 in Boyd has been charged with two felonies. Sara A. Gordon, 39, no address given, was charged in Chippewa County Court with intentional obstruction of emergency or rescue persons and second-degree recklessly endangering safety.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2018 3:26:21 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

‘A team effort:’ West Allis first responders save man’s life after heart attack, crash

Just before midnight in September, Michael Scharf doesn't remember first responders breaking his window, pulling him out or attempting to find a pulse. Scharf, 52, had just suffered a heart attack and West Allis police officers were the first to find him, locked inside of his car that had just crashed.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 10:08:48 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Reedsville volunteer firefighter battling ALS

VIDEO: The Glasow family is staying strong after Jacob was diagnosed with ALS. 36-year-old Jacob, a husband, father to five children, and volunteer firefighter, given three to five years to live. "When I was a little kid, you know, all the kids look up to firefighters. So when I got the chance, I did it," said Jacob.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 9:19:36 PM - SOURCE: NBC26

Madison Mayor rejects budget for ambulance service at new fire station, alder concerned about response times

VIDEO: A new fire station designed to cut down response times may not get a new ambulance. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin rejected a request to provide this service at Fire Station 14 near Stoughton Road. News 3 has been following this story since 2013, when a man died in an apartment fire where it took more than 10 minutes for fire crews to arrive.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 3:43:23 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

America's firefighters honored in Eau Claire ceremony

VIDEO: Thursday, 103 United States firefighters were honored and remembered at a memorial ceremony in Eau Claire. Lieutenant Andrew Dorn, with the Eau Claire Fire Department and Honor Guard says it’s an annual ceremony that started in 1991. He says each firefighter’s name is read aloud and a bell is rung.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 3:14:02 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Arrest warrant issued for Menasha man in connection with toddler's death in fire

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of neglecting an 18-month-old boy who died of injuries caused by a fire last month. A criminal complaint filed Oct. 5 against Vernon Williams, 29, of Menasha, charges him with neglecting a child causing death. The boy was rescued by firefighters Sept.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 1:42:24 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Facing a lack of volunteers, White Lake group gives up ambulance service; will rely on Antigo for service

VIDEO: About 40 years ago, Troutland Rescue Squad started shuttling patients from the White Lake area to the hospital in Antigo. Troutland is about to make its last run. It simply can't find enough volunteers to serve as EMTs. This fall, the city of Antigo took over primary responsibility for calls in this part of rural Langlade County.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 7:20:23 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Seven men, one woman to be honored as Wisconsin firefighters who died in line of duty

They died after suffering the effects of cancer, or a heart attack, or in a collision with a train. Their deaths were as recent as six months ago, and as dated as nearly 90 years ago. But on Saturday, eight Wisconsin firefighters will be honored all at the same time, in the same way, for giving their lives in serving their communities.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 6:16:57 AM - SOURCE: Marshfield News-Herald

14 treated for carbon monoxide inhalation after Portage business evacuated

Fourteen people were treated Wednesday afternoon at Divine Savior Healthcare for carbon monoxide exposure at Dawn’s Foods, located in Portage’s industrial park on the city’s west side. As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, two of the patients had been discharged, and 12 remained in the emergency room for observation, said Divine Savior spokeswoman Haley Gilman.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 6:15:13 AM - SOURCE: wisc news

Fire truck ride a special experience for Yahara Elementary student

Imagine waking up in the morning and someone tells you one of your wishes is about to come true. For one local Yahara Elementary School student it happened last week. Doug Teitge, a Yahara Elementary student with autism, was woken up by his mother, Renee, on Oct. 3 for school. But unlike any other typical day, Renee announced to Doug that a fire truck would be coming to escort him to school.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2018 2:30:58 PM - SOURCE: DeForest Times

Explosion destroys lakefront house in Harrison; two people injured in adjacent home

VIDEO: An explosion destroyed a seasonal lakefront house at W5639 Firelane 12 shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. Lt. Mark Wiegert of the Calumet County Sheriff's Office said no one was in the home at the time. Two people in an adjacent house were injured. "The injuries right now appear to be minor," Wiegert said.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2018 8:38:09 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Construction worker injured after falling off roof when Monroe wooden building partially collapsed

A construction worker may be seriously injured after falling off the roof of a wooden construction building in Monroe, according to the fire chief. Monroe Fire Chief Dan Smits said the building partially collapsed around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday. Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Monroe Police Department are investigating the incident.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2018 4:13:55 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fallen Spring Valley firefighter Terry Shafer honored on national stage

A longtime Spring Valley firefighter was honored at a U.S Fire Service memorial on Sunday. Terry Shafer, Spring Valley's fire chief for 30 years, was among 103 other firefighters who died in duty and were honored at the Emmitsburg, Maryland service at the National Fire Academy. As part of the service, his name was added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the academy's grounds.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2018 3:25:41 AM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Ponkauskas to serve as interim Janesville fire chief

Janesville Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ponkauskas will serve as the department’s interim chief starting in January. The Janesville Police and Fire Commission selected Ponkauskas Oct. 3. Fire Chief Randy Banker will retire in January. Based on the existing shared administrative services agreement with the Janesville, Ponkauskas will, as Banker is doing, serve as interim chief of the Milton and Milton Township Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2018 1:41:40 AM - SOURCE: Milton Courier

Rhinelander Fire Department spreads breast cancer awareness

VIDEO: The Rhinelander Fire Department plans to wear bright pink shirts all month long to raise breast cancer awareness. The department has worn and sold pink shirts since 2009 for the month of October. Firefighter Adam Johnson said last year the department raised enough to help out four local families affected by breast cancer.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2018 12:05:48 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Silo damaged in explosion at Monroe ethanol plant

Officials say an explosion at an ethanol plant in southern Wisconsin caused structural damage, but did not result in any injuries to employees or first responders. Green County Emergency Management Director Tanna McKeon says the explosion occurred in a silo at Badger State Ethanol in Monroe shortly before 6 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2018 9:11:00 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald