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Fire on Madison's west side displaces family

A fire on the city's west side displaced a family Sunday night, according to the Madison Fire Department. Madison Fire Chief Chris Carbon said crews were called the the 5100 block of Loruth Terrace around 7:44 p.m. by neighbors reporting smoke and flames coming from a home's garage. Carbon said when crews arrived, they saw heavy black smoke and the garage on fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2024 7:28:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Big Bend landscaping business destroyed after massive fire

Multiple agencies responded to a structure fire in Big Bend on Friday, April 19. It happened near Industrial and Edgewood. It was just after 9 p.m. when Greg Peterson got the call. "Sick. Sick to my stomach," said Peterson. "I mean look at the steel, just crumbled. Just melted.” His longtime landscaping business, Extreme Exteriors, went up in flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Superior Firefighters Respond To Partial Building Collapse, Natural Gas Leak

VIDEO: A partial building collapse and natural gas leak in Superior Thursday afternoon caused some tense times at the Franklin Apartments and the Happy Hearts Childcare center located next door. The incident started when a small section on the outside of the apartment building collapsed. The debris fell into the area where the apartment’s boilers were located as well as where the main gas line entered the building.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV FOX 21 Duluth

Waupaca County Sheriff's Office launches text to 911 program for emergencies

The Waupaca County Sheriff's Office has launched a text to 911 program. This means if you're in an emergency, you can send a text to 911. The sheriff's office said the texting program should only be used when a call is not possible. "For instance, if the caller is deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired or when speaking out loud would put the caller in danger," authorities said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Altoona fire department faces relocation due to population growth

The City of Altoona's population has grown significantly in the past couple of decades, making it one of the fastest growing cities in Wisconsin. Population growth in Altoona means there’s been a higher demand for firefighters and police officers. The growth now has the fire department and police departments rethinking the size of their location.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2024 10:20:00 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Fire alarm unveiled for Milwaukee deaf, hard of hearing residents

VIDEO: Milwaukee residents who are deaf or hard of hearing can now receive a special device that would alert them in a fire. It is thanks to the donation of 100 LIFETONE HL Bedside Fire Alarm units from the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation. On Wednesday, April 17, the Milwaukee Fire Department introduced a bedside fire alarm.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2024 2:01:47 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Squirrel may have contributed to solar panel fire at Madison home

Madison Fire Department officials said a squirrel may have played a role in a solar panel fire that occurred at a home Monday afternoon on the city's far east side. Crews were called to a home in the 7100 block of Littlemore Drive just before 2:45 p.m. Smoke and flames could be seen coming from a solar panel on the roof of the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS/MyNetworkTV 3 Madison

City of Janesville names its next fire chief

The City of Janesville has named a sole finalist for the position of fire chief. The city announced Tuesday the selection of Ryan Murphy as its next fire chief, pending the acceptance of an offer letter from the city. The Police and Fire Commission voted to select Murphy as the sole finalist after a nationwide recruitment and extensive selection process.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2024 10:52:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Central Wisconsin fire departments speak out amid high fire warnings

VIDEO: "High" and "Very High" fire warnings can be seen across the state. On Sunday, Marshfield fire crews responded to a shed fire off of East 17th Street. Fire officials say it caught other sheds on fire as well, and started when a homeowner left the fire for just a few minutes. Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Everett Mueller said, "The gentleman that was tending the fire had left because his dog ran off, and he went to grab his dog.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Menomonee Falls building fire; small explosions noted

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Menomonee Falls firefighters battled a fire following multiple explosions at a business on Carmen Avenue Sunday evening, April 14. Firefighters say they could see the smoke as they left the fire station near Pilgrim and Silver Spring – a mile away. One homeowner told FOX6 News a loud explosion made her run to the window to see what was going on.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2024 12:24:42 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Three-house fire in Milwaukee kills one and leaves firefighter injured

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: Three houses caught fire on Milwaukee's south side Sunday morning. One person died and a firefighter was severely burned. According to Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski, the fire department dispatch got a call at 4:49 a.m. saying an "entire house was on fire" near 8th and Hayes streets.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Verona Pizza Ranch remains temporarily closed following fire

VIDEO: The Pizza Ranch restaurant in Verona will remain closed until further notice following a significant fire that started in the kitchen on Saturday afternoon. Emergency crews responded to the blaze at the Pizza Ranch, located at 100 Keenan Ct, shortly after 4 p.m. Several fire departments rushed to the scene to battle fire and remained on the scene for several hours.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

PHOTOS: Multiple fire departments respond large vegetation fire north of Fond du Lac

A controlled burn of some marshy area by a land owner turned into an out of control fire Wednesday, April 10, 2024 on Lakeshore Drive between Lincoln and Chestnut Roads. At about 6:12 PM, an officer with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office was investigating smoke in the area and found a marsh area on fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFIZ-AM 1450 Fond du Lac

Wisconsin fire departments recruiting through college programs, amid fire and EMS shortage

VIDEO: A nationwide firefighter shortage is leading fire departments to recruit straight from college programs. Blackhawk Technical College offers a fire and EMS training program that works directly with fire departments. However, this program has seen a decline in enrollment over the years, matching up with the shortage across the country.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Follow Up: Swearing-in ceremony set for Watertown's new fire chief

Watertown officials recently announced the upcoming swearing-in ceremony for its newest fire chief Tanya Reynen, marking the official commencement of her tenure with the city. The ceremony is set for 5 p.m. April 18 at the Watertown Fire Department, 106 Jones St. As she assumes the role of fire chief, Reynen brings a wealth of experience and expertise gained throughout her esteemed career in the fire service, according to a release from the city.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2024 5:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

City of Madison announces a third CARES team will serve during peak call hours

The City of Madison announced on Monday that a third CARES team has been activated to respond to calls for service on weekdays. ‘CARES 3' will be on duty from noon to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will respond from the old Town of Madison fire station on Fish Hatchery Road. The team will allow the program to expand its service capacity in response to ongoing demand.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC/CW 15 Madison

UW-Madison campus apartment evacuated due to carbon monoxide leak

An apartment on UW-Madison's campus was evacuated on Tuesday due to a carbon monoxide leak, according to the Madison Fire Department. Spokesperson Cynthia Schuster said firefighters responded to an apartment near the 500 block of Eagle Heights Drive to investigate a carbon monoxide alarm sounding around 9:37 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2024 8:08:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Green Bay firefighters, Red Cross 'Sound the Alarm' with free smoke detectors

VIDEO: It’s your last chance to request free smoke detectors during a special ‘Sound the Alarm’ event in Green Bay. “Smoke alarms are our lifeline for early notification if a fire were to happen so that way we can hopefully get outside and be safe,” Green Bay Metro Fire Lt. Shauna Walesh explained. The U.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2024 4:32:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Tornado drills planned for Wisconsin, Minnesota on Thursday

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, both Wisconsin and Minnesota are taking part in statewide tornado drills Thursday afternoon and evening. The scheduled times are 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. During those times, counties and municipalities may be sounding outdoor warning sirens. Brandon Larson, the Emergency Management Director for Vernon County, said the county would be sounding its outdoor sirens at both times.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Donation Received For Installation Of A Safe Haven Baby Box In Racine

Safe Haven baby boxes will be starting to pop up in southeast Wisconsin as a result of a bill signed late last year by Gov. Evers. The bill allows mothers—no questions asked-- to anonymously relinquish their newborns by placing them in boxes that are installed outside of hospitals, police departments and fire stations.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGTD-FM 91.1 Kenosha

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