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Appleton home estimated to be $900,000 loss after fire

A home is considered a total loss, estimated to be $900,000 after a fire on Saturday morning. The Appleton Fire Department reports it was called to the home on the 2200 block of East Downs Ridge at 10:33 a.m. The first crew on scene found heavy fire in the attic with smoke at the back of the home. All crews were pulled from the interior with a roof collapse anticipated.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2023 11:02:57 AM - SOURCE: WLUK-TV FOX 11 Green Bay

Two Milwaukee assistant fire chiefs retire after history-making careers

VIDEO: Two Milwaukee assistant fire chiefs who made history are being honored as they head into retirement having served a combined 55 ½ years. Sirens blared as husband-and-wife duo De Wayne Smoots and Sharon Purifoy-Smoots drove away from MFD headquarters Friday, June 23 – not to signal an emergency but to say "thanks" and "job well done" "Even though you will compete against each other for things, you should never be competing against each other," De Wayne said.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2023 11:28:42 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

New helipad in the works to help airlift patients in rural Chippewa and Rusk counties

Medical helicopters can be critical to a person’s survival in rural settings, and that becomes more apparent along a stretch of highway in Chippewa and Rusk Counties. Along Wisconsin Highway 27, the owner of Rocque Ridge Guides and Outfitters Thomas Rocque said helicopters landed on his property three times this year.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Madison

Apartment fire displaces family in Sun Prairie

A family is without a place to stay after a fire burned through their apartment in Sun Prairie. Sun Prairie Fire & Rescue along with Sun Prairie EMS and Police responded to the 200 block of Foxdale Drive for a fire at an 8-unit multi-family residential building. Smoke was coming from the ground floor unit.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2023 11:03:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 9 Madison

Family of four displaced after Madison house fire

A Madison family is displaced after their home went up in flames Wednesday afternoon, fire officials said. According to the Madison Fire Department, officials were dispatched to the 2600 block of Badger Lane at 3:30 p.m. after callers reported thick black smoke. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire from the inside quickly, but they said that some hotspots in the ceiling and attic lingered.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2023 3:44:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Wisconsin DNR: More wildfires this year due to drought

According to the Wisconsin DNR, this year's wildfire season is outpacing 2022. Fires have burned nearly three times the amount of acres compared to last year. The season is usually March, April, and May with June often being a wet and green month. However, drought conditions have caused more fires.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Firefighters respond to West Allis apartment fire; Partial roof collapse

A West Allis apartment fire Wednesday morning, June 21 left at least a dozen people without a home. The West Allis Fire Department was called to the scene near 88th and Maple around 7 a.m. When they got there, flames were coming out of the second floor of the more than 100-year-old building. "Something told me to have her sleep in our room.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2023 10:54:17 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Governor visits Chippewa Falls fire station, praises shared revenue bill

Gov. Tony Evers made a stop at Chippewa Falls Fire Station No. 1 on Tuesday after signing a revenue bill that morning which, Evers said, will boost state funding across its cities, counties, villages and towns by at least 20 percent and add $1 billion in funding for public schools under a historic revenue agreement.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2023 8:30:00 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald - Metered Site

Green Bay Metro Fire Department adds two new rigs to its fleet

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department has two new fire trucks in its fleet. Of the two trucks, one will go to Station No. 3 in Green Bay, and the other will go to Station No. 8 in Allouez. The new rigs are replacing two older trucks. Battalion Chief Ray Fuiten said the older rigs are being placed in its reserve fleet.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2023 6:39:00 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

One person hurt, vehicles destroyed at storage building fire in Howard

A fire that injured one person and destroyed several vehicles is under investigation in Howard. Around 8 a.m., firefighters responded to a call of a fire at a storage facility on Velp Avenue in Howard. One person was at the scene when firefighters arrived and was taken to the hospital for minor burns.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2023 6:15:00 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Green Bay police and fire departments join forces to combat illegal fireworks this Fourth of July

The Green Bay Police Department is taking on a partner to keep neighborhoods safe this Fourth of July. To reduce the overall use of illegal fireworks and related hazards while celebrating Independence Day, the Green Bay Police Department is partnering with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department for fireworks enforcement beginning Friday, June 23, through Tuesday, July 4.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2023 6:46:53 AM - SOURCE: WLUK-TV FOX 11 Green Bay

Dry conditions lead to high fire danger in Coulee Region

Recent weather has created the right conditions for brush fires. A fire in a field started in the Town of Farmington on Thursday after wind picked up a spark that was not properly extinguished. Town of Farmington's Fire Chief Richard Paisley said the sandy ground conditions in the town make it easy for fire to spread.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-DT CBS 8 LaCrosse

Construction worker injured and in critical condition after incident at Green Bay's Lambeau Field

VIDEO: Police and fire crews were rushing to the north side of the stadium at around 10 a.m. on June 15, 2023. Officials told our reporter Emily Reilly at the scene that the injured worker had to be freed after he became trapped in the construction area of the stadium. First responders only needed seven minutes to get the man out, according to the Green Bay Metro Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2023 11:13:00 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Madison: West Side apartment fire marks city’s 8th 'sprinkler save' this year

Madison Fire Department credited an automatic sprinkler with saving the day when the garbage area of a Madison West Side apartment building caught fire. MFD said this shows why sprinklers are an important safety device in people’s homes. The fire, at the 600 block of Sand Pearl Lane, marks the eighth “sprinkler save” in Madison this year, MFD says.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC/CW 15 Madison

Gas leak under control on Madison's east side, evacuation orders rescinded

A road closure and an evacuation order have been rescinded following a natural gas leak on Madison's east side Wednesday. According to a Madison Fire Department spokesperson, the gas leak started at about 7:30 a.m. in the 3800 block of Atwood Avenue. The spokesperson said the leak occurred because of construction in the area.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2023 4:23:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

New Beaver Dam Fire Department Fire Training Facility Starting To Be Assembled

The new Beaver Dam Fire Department training facility is beginning to take shape. Assembly started Tuesday morning at the facility’s location in the 600 block of South Center Street. The building was manufactured in Illinois, where American Fire Training Systems is based. The company designs and constructs fire training towers for departments and military installations around the world.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2023 7:10:00 AM - SOURCE: WBEV-FM 95.3 Beaver Dam

Mishicot firefighter named 2023 Wisconsin Firefighter of the Year

VIDEO: Mishicot volunteer firefighter John Tulachka was recognized by the state legislature last week for being named earlier this spring the Wisconsin Firefighter of the Year by the State Firefighter’s Association. In the early morning hours of February 25th, 2022, John was driving a snowplow for the city of Mishicot when he got the call for a house fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2023 12:13:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Green Bay: Public safety officials encourage people to install ‘Knox Boxes’

In the case of an emergency, first responders say every second counts. It’s why local fire officials are encouraging people to install what’s called a Knox Box outside their homes to cut down the time it takes to get inside a home and potentially save lives. In most cities, commercial building fire codes require safe boxes to be installed in businesses, but it’s not required for homes.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2023 11:37:00 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Man dies in fiery Waushara County crash

Speeding is believed to be a factor in a deadly crash over the weekend in the Township of Hancock, the Waushara Co. Sheriff’s Office reported. According to the statement from the Sheriff’s Office, authorities received a 911 call around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday about a car on fire near trees along 4th Street.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2023 4:09:00 PM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Door County 911 dispatcher takes call that her own home is on fire

It’s the call no one wants to make... but it’s the call that changed Door County 911 dispatcher Marisa Anderson’s life. “All I heard was kids yelling ‘Mom!’ and I thought maybe it was kids yelling for their mother,” Marisa said while describing the call she picked up. Marisa quickly realized the coordinates pointed directly to her neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2023 12:57:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay


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