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Chippewa Falls home damaged in fire

A structure fire at a Chippewa Falls home leaves behind thousands of dollars in damages on Labor Day. The Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency Services Department says it happened around 2:30am on Beaver Street. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire and smoke coming from the second floor of a single family home.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2019 11:52:46 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Milwaukee Police: 14-year-old boy arrested, suspected of setting overnight playground fire

The Milwaukee Police Department has arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with a playground fire that took place at Butterfly Park Sunday. Firefighters responded to the area about 1:25 p.m. Sunday for reports of a slide on fire near the playground equipment. Investigators arrested a 14-year-old boy Monday in connection with the blaze, police said.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2019 9:52:47 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Hazmat situation investigated near Kern Park in Milwaukee

Hazmat crews evacuated people who live near Kern Park area Sunday afternoon. The Milwaukee Fire Department said neighbors called them about a van that they thought had something suspicious inside. Officers arrested a person accused of possession of narcotics. "I saw a young man being pulled off, being arrested, being put into the back seat of a police car and driven away," said John Hughes, who lives in the area.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2019 3:47:50 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Seven people left homeless after Milwaukee apartment fire

Seven people are homeless after an apartment fire Saturday night on Milwaukee's east side. The two-alarm fire broke out on the third floor of the building, which housed three apartments near Downer Avenue and Park Place about 7:40 p.m. According to the Milwaukee Fire Department, nobody was hurt, but the landlord had to jump onto the balcony to escape.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2019 7:41:57 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Stevens Point Fire Department sets goal of raising $19K for MDA

The Stevens Point Fire Department is kicking off its annual fill the boot campaign to raise awareness and money for muscular dystrophy. The disease causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass and eventually death. There is currently no cure. Jack and Jennie Kapral said the fundraising event means the world to those affected by this disease.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2019 1:59:35 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Somers home damaged by fire

A family of four escaped unharmed from a house fire in Somers early Thursday. The Somers Fire Department was called to the home, 908 Sheridan Road, at about 2:08 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the family, including two children, was already out of the house and smoke was pouring from inside. An adult man from the family was taken to a local hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2019 1:06:35 PM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Planes, helicopters, unmanned systems to test search-and-rescue plans in southwestern Wisconsin

Planes, helicopters and nonmilitary unmanned aerial systems will test their plans in a search-and-rescue exercise over southwestern Wisconsin Thursday, according to a news release from the Department of Military Affairs. Officials said various agencies will participate in Dyracuse Recreational Park in Adams County, Sauk Prairie Recreational Area and Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 2:02:34 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Wisconsin Public Service surprises Kronenwetter Fire and Police with grant money

The Kronenwetter Fire and Police departments are getting some new equipment thanks to a grant from Wisconsin Public Service. Wednesday, WPS surprised fire and police staff with the Rewarding Responders grant. The grant is awarded to 27 different emergency response agencies throughout the WPS service area.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 1:42:03 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Sheboygan County tornadoes put 911 dispatchers to the test; A year later what has changed?

There's a hum of activity even on a slow day. Several screens tower over each 911 dispatcher, and there are usually four or five dispatchers. Red and green lights flicker on and off indicating when one of them is on the phone or radio. This room is dark. But it's organized. And it withstood the chaos of 605 calls in five hours when three tornadoes left a trail of damage during a vicious storm that pummeled Sheboygan County on Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 3:59:53 AM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

How Milwaukee Firefighters Saved Lives as Landmark Burned Down

With no efforts made to rouse the sleeping guests and residents of the Newhall, most were left to be woken by the fire itself. Many jolted awake from the smell of smoke or the dull roar of the flames taking hold of the elevator shaft. Others woke to the shattering of the glass transom windows above their doors.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:38:31 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Magazine

Elmwood house fire under investigation, no injuries reported

The cause of an Aug. 26 Elmwood fire that left a home a complete loss is under investigation. Four fire departments responded to the fire at 138 W. Shaw Ave. around 11:30 a.m. Monday. No injuries were reported. Three children and one adult were safely evacuated from the home according to Elmwood Fire Chief Rob Bowen.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 4:35:46 PM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Valley firefighters, police as calendar models in Project Six Wisconsin fundraiser

Project Six Wisconsin is an organization with a fairly simple goal: provide support to those who have dedicated their lives to helping others. Now the group is looking to get some help with their efforts through a unique fundraiser. Appleton Fire Battalion Chief Shannon Young says Project Six Wisconsin was a huge help for the Appleton Fire Department after driver-engineer Mitchell Lundgaard was killed in May.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 3:47:49 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Appleton firefighters filling the boot for muscular dystrophy

The Appleton Fire Department is kicking off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign. For the 65th year, AFD is raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) helping transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related muscle-debilitating diseases. More than 80 Appleton firefighters are hitting the streets and storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and others to make a donation to MDA on August 26, 27, and 29 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Walmart and Pick n’ Save in Appleton.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 10:47:19 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

People escape Howard house fire thanks to neighbors and smoke detectors

Everyone inside of a house in Howard escaped a fire late Sunday night thanks to neighbors and smoke detectors. Janke says neighbors spotted the flames and alerted the people inside the home. Smoke detectors were ringing as well. No one was hurt, but firefighters were searching to see if the cats in the home were able to escape.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:40:21 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Red Cross: About 17 people displaced after early morning structure fire in La Crosse

The La Crosse Fire Department says firefighters responded to a structure fire on Fifth Avenue South Sunday at 7:20 a.m. The fire was at an apartment building across from Poage Park. Firefighter say it took them two minutes to get to the scene, where they saw flames and heavy smoke coming from the middle of the building.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2019 11:43:58 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

'Fire in a pipe' causes $20,000 in damage at Racine engineering company

No injuries were reported after a metal parts manufacturer/engineering company suffered $20,000 in damage due to a fire in a heat ventilation system Friday, according to the Racine Fire Department. In a press release, the department said it was called for a "fire in a pipe" just after 11:30 a.m. on Friday.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2019 10:43:59 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

One hospitalized after being pulled from Lake Michigan near South Milwaukee Yacht Club

An adult male was found unresponsive in Lake Michigan near the South Milwaukee Yacht Club on Friday night. According to the South Milwaukee Fire Department, a 911 call was received around 8:57 PM for an individual who was unresponsive in the water. When South Milwaukee Fire and Police units arrived, they found an adult male face down in the water near a boat slip in the middle of the dock area of the yacht club.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 8:42:19 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Hales Corners appoints new fire chief, a 37-year veteran to the fire department

Hales Corners Fire Department has appointed 37-year veteran firefighter, Pete Jaskulski to the department's highest position, the village announced Friday. Jaskulski was a paid-on-call firefighter and advanced emergency medical technician for the department and held the position of assistant chief for 18 years before this promotion to fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 2:36:11 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Follow Up: Driver in fiery crash into Beaver Dam Middle School accused of driving 80 mph while intoxicated at time of collision

PHOTO: A 22-year-old Beaver Dam man was traveling 80 to 90 mph Wednesday night when his car smashed into Beaver Dam Middle School, causing damage estimated at $100,000 to the building, officials say. Roy Cortez appeared Thursday in Dodge County Circuit Court charged with a felony count of fleeing or eluding an officer causing damage to property.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 6:46:37 AM - SOURCE: Daily Citizen

Fox Point man killed in New York City elevator accident

A UW-Madison graduate and Wisconsin native is dead following an elevator accident in New York City. Investigators say two other people had just gotten off of a downtown Manhattan elevator when Samuel Waisbren, of Fox Point, tried to exit as well. That’s when the elevator suddenly dropped, crushing him between the elevator car and the shaft wall.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27