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House destroyed by fire on Lakeshore Drive in the town of Linn

Firefighters were called to a blaze today on Lakeshore Drive for a house that was engulfed in flames and has been declared a total loss. The fire was reported about 10 a.m. in the single-family residence at W3219 S. Lakeshore Drive. Deputy Linn Fire Chief Jason Smith said at least one person was in the home at the time, but he escaped from the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2020 3:11:01 PM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

One-story residential home up in flames in Suamico

A fire broke out in a one-story residential home on Friday afternoon. The Suamico Fire Department says around 5 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a fire located on the 4000 blocks Sandburr Trail. Upon arrival, law enforcement says they found a one-story home with visible smoke and flames transpiring.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2020 7:42:15 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Wisconsin First Responders Ask Protestors to Be Socially Responsible

VIDEO: As protests to reopen states grow across the country, there is also the perspective of frontline workers who have taken the brunt of this pandemic. We talked to one Wisconsin first responder who is asking people to find a balance between their constitutional rights and social responsibility.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2020 6:06:01 PM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 1

Wausau Fire Department Station 1 gets new sign

If you drive past the Wausau Fire Department on 6th Street you may have noticed a change. There's a new sign. It was put up this week, replacing the old hand-painted sign board. Firefighters say the hand-painted signs were great, but they struggled to keep the program going with increased calls and training hours.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2020 5:51:23 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Green Bay Fire Department Adjusts to Life Under COVID-19

The Green Bay Fire Department has kept its stations largely locked down during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It's actually been about ten weeks now since the Green Bay Fire Department first started taking steps to protect themselves against COVID-19. "We immediately kind of locked down the fire station once we first got wind of this thing," Green Bay Fire Chief Dave Litton told WTAQ.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2020 3:19:13 PM - SOURCE: WNFL 1440 AM - 101.9 FM

Citizen called a hero for actions in Fond du Lac house fire

VIDEO: "The citizen who stopped and alerted the first-floor resident of the fire is a hero," Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O'Leary said after a fire on 7th Street Thursday afternoon. The fire department reports the citizen was a passing motorist who saw the fire, stopped, and banged on the door of the home, waking the person inside.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2020 12:48:55 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

House fire on Bluff Avenue intentionally caused, Racine fire officials report

A house fire reported early Thursday morning at 1305 Bluff Ave. is believed to have been intentionally started, Racine fire officials said Thursday. The building had been vacant and no injuries were reported, but the estimated damage was $50,400, fire investigators said. Fire crews responding at about 1:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2020 12:43:35 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Pharmacy Donates to Crivitz Rescue Squad in Marinette County

Crivitz Pharmacist, Ezra Gruszyniski, presented a check for $1,200 to Denise Busse, EMS Coordinator for Crivitz Rescue Squad. In keeping with CDC guidelines to not shake hands, the two share an elbow bump of gratitude. This donation will greatly help offset the increased cost of supplies and extra equipment needed to keep the members of the rescue squad safe while responding to calls during the COVID 19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2020 1:42:11 AM - SOURCE: Peshtigo Times

Racine Fire Department reports 4 fires in 6 days all caused by smoking materials

The Racine Fire Department is concerned after they responded to four fires in six days all caused by smoking materials not thrown away safely. "I’m very alarmed at the outbreak of fires in the city due to the same cause," said Racine Fire Lt. John Magnus. One of the fires started Thursday, April 16, at a home on Green Street when the fire department says the owner threw a lit cigarette into a garbage can that was sitting against the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2020 3:40:06 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Greenfield Fire Department donates thank you meals to those in need

McDonald's is looking to provide first responders with free meals as a way to say thank you during the coronavirus pandemic. It's an already king gesture that the Greenfield Fire Department is taking a step further. "We certainly appreciate what McDonald's and other restaurants and corporations are doing," Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2020 3:17:20 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Kenosha County residents use 2-1-1 system frequently

KThe Racine Fire Department is concerned after they responded to four fires in six days all caused by smoking materials not thrown away safely. "I’m very alarmed at the outbreak of fires in the city due to the same cause," said Racine Fire Lt. John Magnus. One of the fires started Thursday, April 16, at a home on Green Street when the fire department says the owner threw a lit cigarette into a garbage can that was sitting against the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2020 1:04:09 PM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

12 trailers burn in Lakeland Campground fire

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is helping investigate a fire in which 12 campground trailers burned Tuesday night. Milton Fire Department Battalion Chief Pete Mory said he knew of no one occupying the trailers when the fire broke out at Lakeland RV Campground. No injuries were reported. Only two of the trailers appeared salvageable, Mory said.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2020 11:39:02 AM - SOURCE: GazetteXtra

Authorities investigating fatal fire in Pleasant Prairie

The Pleasant Prairie Police and Fire Departments are investigating a fatal fire that happened on Tuesday, April 21. Authorities say they were called to the area near 104th and Main Street around 11:02 p.m. for a mobile home fire. After crews put out the fire, a body was located inside. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2020 4:46:33 AM - SOURCE: WDJT CBS 58 Milwaukee

Racine Fire Department battles another structure fire blamed on discarded cigarette; 3 others in past week

Racine firefighters Tuesday afternoon responded to a house fire blamed on improperly discarded smoking materials, the fourth such incident that the department has responded to since Thursday. Fire crews were dispatched at 3:43 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a house fire at 1911 Harriet St., just west of State Street (Highway 38).
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2020 5:35:55 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Black River Falls Fire Chief retires

Steve Schreiber, the fire chief of the Black River Falls Fire Department is retiring next month. Schreiber served a total of 33 years and 7 months as a public employee. He said his passion for the job came in 1980 as he started as he joined the Alma Center Volunteer Fire Department. Throughout his career, Schreiber has had many jobs-as a first responder, police officer, and eventually the fire chief in 2003.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2020 4:39:04 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Phelps Volunteer Fire Department Gets Wildland Gear

The Phelps Volunteer Fire Department recently received a long-awaited upgrade to personal protection uniforms for wild-land firefighting. “We were very fortunate to receive a 50/50 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) — $2,500 from the Phelps Fire Department and $2,500 from the DNR,” said Norm Mesun, fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2020 1:05:39 PM - SOURCE: Vilas County News

Wisconsin governor declares State of Emergency due to elevated wildfire conditions

Governor Tony Evers has declared a State of Emergency for all of Wisconsin in response to elevated wildfire conditions. “Our first priority is protecting the people of Wisconsin and this executive order helps us control existing wildfires and use all available state assets to prevent new ones from starting,” Gov.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2020 9:40:28 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Fire causes $60,000 in damage to duplex in Milwaukee

Firefighters on Tuesday morning, April 21 responded to the scene of a duplex fire near 39th and Wright in Milwaukee. Officials say one person in the lower unit was able to exit the home safely. No one was in the upper unit when the fire broke out. The fire caused an estimated $60,000 in damage to the structure and contents.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2020 4:40:22 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Special memorial for fallen Appleton Fire Driver Engineer

Two companies worked together to dedicate a special memorial for a fallen Appleton Fire Driver Engineer. Appleton Fire Department Driver Engineer Mitch Lundgaard was killed last year when a man opened fire after a rescue call in downtown Appleton. Police shot and killed the gunman. Karl's Transport and South Side Design and Graphics partnered to make a memorial trailer for Lundgaard.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2020 5:36:10 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Human remains found after Marinette County house fire

Human remains were discovered at the site of a house fire in Marinette County Monday morning. The Sheriff's Office says the remains are believed to be an elderly woman who lived at the home. Investigators are still working to make positive identification and notify family before the name is released.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2020 7:50:36 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay