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8 people, 2 dogs displaced in West Allis house fire

VIDEO: The American Red Cross was called in to help a family of eight after a fire, believed to have started in the kitchen, left their duplex uninhabitable.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2019 3:53:51 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Woman rescued from car submerged in Baraboo River

A 49-year-old woman was rescued Monday morning after her vehicle left Cascade Mountain Road, broke through a sheet of ice and became submerged in the Baraboo River. Portage Fire Department Chief Clayton Simonson said he and three firefighters responded to the scene at 7:30 a.m. and attached a chain to the vehicle for Blystone’s Towing to pull the vehicle out of the river.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2019 3:41:22 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Fire Leaves Suamico House a "Total Loss"

VIDEO: Fire crews were called to a house fire on Blackberry Lane Monday afternoon after officials say a woman walking her dog saw smoke. "A neighbor...was walking her dog, saw smoke coming from the residence, and could hear fire alarms going off," Suamico Fire Chief Troy Noe said. "She immediately called 911 and we were dispatched.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2019 3:33:47 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

2 pigs, 4 cows likely dead following barn fire near Edgar

Marathon Fire Chief Mike Tylinski said two pigs and four cows likely died Monday following a barn fire. The animals are currently missing. "Some animals were able to get out so we were able to save some but others perished," Tylinski said. The fire was reported at 12:22 p.m. Monday at a property near Soda Creek Road and Firecrown Lane in the Town of Cassel.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2019 1:59:48 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Staffing issues continue at Hales Corners Fire Department

VIDEO: TODAY'S TMJ4 has learned the Hales Corners Fire Department didn't have a single firefighter on duty Wednesday who could operate a fire truck. We were the first to tell you about the department's low wages of $11.25 an hour for part-timers and how they only had one firefighter on-duty on Labor Day.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 7:13:08 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Fatal fire on Milwaukee's north side being investigated as arson

VIDEO: The remains of a man were found inside an abandoned home after a suspicious fire on Milwaukee’s north side. It happened at 5:48 Friday morning near 24th and Capitol. The Milwaukee Fire Department and the state fire marshal are working with Milwaukee Police to determine a cause. MPD also is searching for suspects and a motive.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 5:14:08 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Dodge County EMS overhaul discussed

Emergency services in Dodge County could be due for a significant overhaul. At a meeting of town leaders Wednesday, officials discussed the possibility of pooling EMS services in the county to account for struggles with workloads, staffing, response times and finances. Currently, people in Dodge County are served by 18 different EMS providers that are part of a municipality or in a handful of cases a private contractor.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 6:10:04 PM - SOURCE: WiscNews

Plover firefighters save home from Thursday fire that destroyed garage

VIDEO: Firefighters, with the help of a firewall, saved a town of Plover home Thursday. A USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reporter on the scene about 4:30 p.m. said flames and smoke were engulfing a garage close to a residence at 1235 Meehan Ave., town of Plover. The end of the garage nearest the home had a firewall because it was about 3 feet from the home, Plover Fire Chief Mark Deaver said.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 6:05:01 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Woman gets five years after trying to burn down ex-boyfriend's home in Greenfield to kill his children

A Milwaukee woman who plotted to shoot the two small children of an ex-boyfriend — only to change her mind at the last minute and attempt to burn down their Greenfield apartment with them inside — received a five-year prison sentence Jan. 17. Mai L. Lor, 28, will also spend four years after her imprisonment in extended supervision after pleading guilty last fall to arson of a building and first-degree recklessly endangering safety, according to online court records.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 2:49:38 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Poynette-Dekorra-Lowville Fire Commission signs new medical director

The Poynette-Dekorra-Lowville Fire Commission introduced a new medical director on Jan. 9 who will be working for EMS this year. EMS Director Amber Hahn said previous medical director services were provided by Peter Pickardt but that service is no longer available. The new medical director, Jennifer Bahr, is an ER physician at Divine Savior Hospital and is the medical director for Marquette County EMS and Cascade Ski Patrol.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 1:49:30 PM - SOURCE: Poynette Press

'It's been an absolute unbelievable experience': Sheboygan Fire chief reflects on career

Fire chief Mike Romas is retiring after five years with the Sheboygan Fire Department and a 30-year career with the Milwaukee Fire Department. Before becoming a firefighter in 1984, Romas went to UW-La Crosse for physical education and health. In his class of 33 at the fire academy, Romas was among 11 who graduated.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 6:30:35 AM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Sun Prairie planning memorial for Fire Captain Cory Barr

The Mayor of Sun Prairie says the city is discussing plans to memorialize a firefighter killed in a deadly explosion. During his State of the City address Wednesday, Mayor Paul Essar said the fire department is partnering with the city to plan a memorial for Captain Cory Barr. Barr was killed while responding to the explosion after a fire started at his business, Barr House Tavern.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 6:25:37 AM - SOURCE: WIBA-AM 1310 News Talk

West Allis firefighters and SWAT team rip up old buildings to practice their rescue techniques

West Allis firefighters and SWAT team are letting it rip, as they tear holes in roofs and saw through big doors in hopes that the practice will pay off when they face emergencies. Chr. Hansen, global bioscience company with a plant in West Allis, made it possible by inviting firefighters and police to do their destructive best on the 11 vacant buildings the company will raze.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 1:46:12 AM - SOURCE: Greenfield West Allis NOW

Update: No injuries reported in apartment fire in Hobart

VIDEO: Firefighters were called to the 800-block of Centennial Centre Boulevard in Hobart for reports of a fire Tuesday around 6 a.m. Multiple units responded including Pulaski Fire, Hobart Fire, De Pere Fire, Suamico Fire, Howard Fire and the Lawrence Fire Departments. Brown County Dispatch confirms there are no injuries reported.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 11:12:38 PM - SOURCE: NBC26

Kaukauna fire chief to retire next month

Kaukauna’s fire chief plans to retire next month. Chief Paul Hirte says he’s had a successful career with the department for over 35 years. He says it’s time to move on to the next stage of his life. Hirte says one of the biggest changes during his time with the department was the new station. It opened in 2017.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 6:37:04 PM - SOURCE: WHBY-AM 1150 News Talk

Crews Battle Early Morning Apartment Fire in Hobart

VIDEO: Crews had a busy morning on Tuesday as they battled a fire at the Centennial Estates apartment complex at around 6 a.m. Local 5's Alexandra Burnley reports that firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof of the complex for smoke ventilation. At this time there's no word on any injuries or what caused the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 6:27:50 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Walworth County business owner held after bodies found in burn pit may have white supremacist ties

VIDEO: The man who owns a trailer that was towed from a Walworth County property where the remains of two people were found in a burn pit last week appears to be supportive of white supremacy. Matthew Neumann, 43, hasn't been formally charged in the case but remained in the Milwaukee County Jail on Monday in lieu of $250,000 bail.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 5:10:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

‘Significantly higher’ cost to combine Fitchburg fire, EMS, ‘rough estimate’ says

The City of Fitchburg would face a “significantly higher” cost to run a combined fire and EMS department, according to a “rough estimate” provided to the Council Jan. 8. Finance director Misty Dodge compiled the numbers at the request of Mayor Jason Gonzalez following a study and Council discussion on the topic last year.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 4:36:24 AM - SOURCE: Fitchburg Star

City names five finalists for Janesville fire chief

The Janesville Police and Fire Commission has narrowed a list of 32 fire chief applicants to five finalists. The finalists include Interim Fire Chief Jim Ponkauskas, who is now in charge of the department after Randy Banker officially retired Friday. The commission selected the finalists during a mostly closed-session meeting Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gazette Extra

Ambulance catches fire in Sauk County

Sauk County emergency crews were able to remove a patient from an ambulance just before the vehicle went up in flames Sunday evening, according to the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department. The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department said at about 6:30 p.m. a call came in, reporting an ambulance was running in emergency mode with flames underneath on Highway 12 near Baraboo.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27