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America's deadliest forest fire isn't the only overlooked piece of history near Peshtigo

It's been called the Forgotten Fire. On the night of Oct. 8, 1871, a devastating forest fire ripped through Peshtigo and the surrounding area, killing 1,500 people and destroying a swath of land 10 miles wide and 40 miles long. It was the deadliest forest fire in American history. But that same night, a fire in Chicago grabbed headlines and attention, overshadowing the deadlier Wisconsin blaze.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 6:20:04 AM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Dodge County farmer trampled by bull

Fire officials say a woman is seriously hurt after she was trampled by a bull at a dairy farm in the town of Clyman. Clyman Fire Chief Eric Howlett says family members found the owner of the farm, Tena Borchardt, 57, with severe injuries. Investigators aren't sure when the incident happened, because no one witnessed it.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 9:16:59 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Emergency crews use Jaws of Life to rescue injured passenger after two-car crash near Rhinelander

VIDEO: Twisted metal and side-curtain air bags gave a pretty good sense of how bad a crash was Wednesday afternoon, but the Town of Pelican's deputy fire chief already knew he needed to work quickly. "Time is of the essence," Norm Peterson said. Peterson's department got the 911 page of a two-car crash on Highway 8 and River Bend Road, about two miles east of Rhinelander, around 12:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 5:22:58 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Dept. back to full staff after explosion

It was an explosion that rocked downtown Sun Prairie and called for dozens of firefighters from multiple departments, including Sun Prairie's bravest. One week later, after help from other departments to help fill shifts during a time of mourning, Sun Prairie's fire department is back on its own. "Well, it was chaotic," said Lieutenant Aaron Huebner as he looked back on the day he'll never forget.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 1:24:33 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Fire Departments Look For Ways To Protect Staff's Physical And Mental Health

Being one of the first people on the scene of a traumatic event can take a toll on even the most well-trained emergency responder. High-stress, emotionally-charged scenes such as the recent natural gas explosion in Sun Prairie that took the life of Sun Prairie Fire Department Capt. Cory Barr, and the death of paramedic and firefighter Rick Garner Jr.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 4:56:15 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Public Radio

Racine seeks different site for fire station

The City of Racine must identify a new location for a fire station it wants to move after discovering that buildings are prohibited from the site originally selected. The city planned to relocate its Fire Station No. 6, now at 2101 16th St., which was built in 1975 and constructed to residential standards.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 4:40:13 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

'It's bad. It's bad': Construction crew calls 911 after hitting gas main before Sun Prairie explosion

"We were doing construction work and we hit a gas main," a caller told Dane County Dispatch on July 10 before an explosion that killed one firefighter and destroyed part of a downtown city block. That caller, whose name was redacted by Dane County Communications before release, made what police have said is the first call to report a problem before the explosion in Sun Prairie.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 3:30:39 AM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Raccoon chewing wires may have caused attic fire in Madison

A fire in an east side apartment that started due to frayed electrical wires may have been caused by raccoons, the Madison Fire Department reported. The fire department was dispatched Monday evening to the 1100 block of East Mifflin Street, where arriving firefighters found light smoke coming from the apartment.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 9:08:05 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com

Sun Prairie explosion investigation has not ruled out criminal negligence

An investigation into the explosion in Sun Prairie that killed one firefighter and displaced dozens of people is continuing and close to determining if there was any criminal negligence, Sun Prairie Police Department Lt. Kevin Konopacki said Monday. “We’re getting very close to making that decision,” Konopacki said.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 7:28:16 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com

Wisconsin Rapids gets new fire chief

A 27-year veteran of the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department has been named the new fire chief. Scott Young was appointed interim fire chief after former Fire Chief Dave Kerkman's retirement in September 2017. On Monday evening, the Wisconsin Rapids Police and Fire Commission made the interim appointment permanent when it named Young as the new fire chief, according to a news release from the commission.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 6:34:18 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

New Appleton fire chief: I'm 'strongly focused on building relationships'

When Jeremy Hansen was a student at Fox Valley Technical College in the early 1990s, he had big ambitions, including dreaming of one day becoming a fire chief. The dream became a reality on Monday when he was sworn in as the new chief of the Appleton Fire Department. Hansen is the 12th fire chief in the department's history.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 1:48:36 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Firefighter, resident injured in Milwaukee's Hillside neighborhood fire

A man was hospitalized with burns and a firefighter suffered cuts to his hand in a Monday morning fire in Milwaukee's Hillside neighborhood, a fire official said. The fire at the Plymouth Apartments, at 820 W. Galena Ave., was on the first and second floors of the building but contained to two units.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 8:48:46 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Two passengers dead in Town of Sherman crash

Two passengers died in a car accident while traveling westbound on CTH SS in the Town of Sherman on Sunday. Sheboygan County Joint Dispatch Center received a 911 call around 6:20 p.m. when a car with three occupants failed to stop at a stop sign at CTH I and CTH SS. A truck driving southbound on CTH I struck the vehicle, killing the two passengers.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 6:17:40 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Neighbors help first responders during Door County fire

VIDEO: A fire in Door County does some damage, but firefighters say they got some help from some quick thinking neighbors. First responders say a fire at a manufactured home at Chaudior's Dock may have started outside the home, before jumping into it. "It started outside the trailer. Inside underneath it, we accessed the hole through the floor, contained the fire to the floor part of the trailer and ended up clearing out the smoke," said Ryan Wery, Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2018 10:00:01 PM - SOURCE: NBC26

Firefighter injured, others dehydrated fighting Rochester blaze

A firefighter was injured and several others treated for dehydration after a structure fire that broke out at a single-family home after 4 p.m. Saturday in the 33000 block of Oak Knoll Road. Multiple local fire and rescue agencies responded, including South Shore Fire Department, the city and town of Burlington, Waterford, Rochester, Kansasville, Tichigan, Wind Lake, the Town of Raymond and Somers.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2018 12:29:01 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Unnamed contractor 'responsible' for Sun Prairie explosion; injured firefighter Ryan Welch makes grand return to station

Verizon Wireless and a Kansas-based construction company said Thursday that they were responsible, through an as-yet-unnamed subcontractor, for work being done at the site of a massive natural gas explosion Tuesday that rocked Sun Prairie’s downtown, killing a volunteer firefighter and critically injuring another.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 7:32:33 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

Green Bay Apartment Fire Leads Community Members to Check on Displaced Residents

An apartment fire on Green Bay's west side has left some people without a home tonight. The apartment complex on Fisk street has 24 units. As of tonight eight of them are a total loss. The investigation into what started the fire is still ongoing, but the community is glad everyone made it out safely.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 6:32:12 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Rhinelander Firefighters participate in annual Fill the Boot campaign

VIDEO: Rhinelander firefighters stared asking people for a favor today: fill their boots. A handful of firefighters set up at the corner of Stevens Street and Highway W for the annual "Fill the Boot" campaign. It benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association's summer camp program. MDA Fundraiser Coordinator Taylor Lodewegen says the Rhinelander Fire Department raises the top ten most money in the state.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 5:22:28 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Janesville woman injured after being struck by truck revving engine, squealing tires, police say

A mother was injured early Friday morning when a truck driver struck her while speeding away after being asked to stop being so loud, Janesville police said. Janesville police and firefighters responded around 2:20 a.m. to Mineral Point Avenue and North Oakhill Avenue for a report of a hit-and-run crash with injuries, according to a release.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 5:01:15 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Beaver Dam Fire Department looking ahead to property purchase

The Beaver Dam Fire Department is continuing to prepare to expand its footprint. The department is assembling an ad hoc committee to consider next steps for a new north side fire station and is also looking at a training center. Fire Chief Alan Mannel is also pushing for a referendum to try to get more funds for the department.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 3:27:45 AM - SOURCE: wisc news