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Friday, July 13, 2018

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. Sun Prairie firefighter Ryan Welch was released from a hospital Thursday and brought to Fire Station 1, a block from the blast site, by a procession of emergency vehicles that were greeted by dozens of residents who cheered Welch into the station. At the station, firefighters and staff encircled Welch. Each took turns embracing their comrade.
Wisconsin State Journal

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. “Everyone knows we need a north side station,” Mannel said. “Everyone knows.” The idea of a referendum came up earlier this year when Mannel expressed concerns over a proposed new 82-unit apartment complex near Kohl’s, 1734 N. Spring St., that will not include a sprinkler system. The Common Council approved rezoning for the project in May.
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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. The fire happened quickly according to one witness who saw the fire from start to finish. Fire departments from Green Bay, Howard, Suamico and De Pere all battled the flames for a couple of hours. Many people stopped by to see what was happening, but were also concerned. "I just dropped off a coworker and I saw smoke and I told my fiancé, lets drive over there make sure everybody's okay," says passerby Michael Stangel.
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. "They are an awesome partner for the MDA. And they have essentially sent about 63 kids to summer camp. So they are awesome," said Lodewegen. Last year, Rhinelander collected about $15,000.
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. Crews found a woman with several injuries consistent with being involved in a crash, officials said. The woman was taken to Mercy Hospital. Witnesses and the woman told police a truck was in the area revving its engine and squealing its tires, according to the release.
WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fire trucks lead procession for fallen Sun Prairie fire captain


VIDEO: Hundreds of people lined the streets in Sun Prairie and beyond as a procession of fire trucks escorted the body of a fallen firefighter to a funeral home. Some people held candles Wednesday night, others held signs to pay their respects to Cory Barr and support his family, which includes his wife Abby and 3-year-old twin girls. Fire trucks from across the region participated in the procession from the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office in McFarland to the Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home in Sun Prairie. Barr was killed Tuesday evening when a contractor punctured a natural gas line in downtown Sun Prairie, causing an explosion and fire that destroyed at least two businesses and heavily damaged others.
WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Firefighters put out small fire that rekindled at Glass Nickel Pizza, dispatch says


VIDEO: Firefighters put out a small fire at Glass Nickel Pizza that rekindled Wednesday night, according to officials with Dane County dispatch. The report of the structure fire came in around 11:25 p.m. and officials called multiple units to respond. Officials said after some investigation only one fire engine is necessary to manage the small fire that was put out in minutes. Glass Nickel Pizza was near a deadly gas explosion Tuesday in Sun Prairie. One firefighter, Cory Barr, was killed in the blast. Buildings in the area were leveled and part of the downtown area was destroyed.
WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

J.J. Watt donates $10,000 to support family of firefighter killed in Sun Prairie explosion


VIDEO: Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, a Wisconsin native who played college football at Wisconsin, donated $10,000 to a GoFundMe page created for Cory Barr, the fire captain who was killed in an explosion Tuesday evening in downtown Sun Prairie, Wis. The explosion, which injured 15 and killed Barr, occurred on the corner of Main and Bristol streets after a gas main was struck by a contractor, which caused a leak. Sun Prairie is located near Madison, which is where the University of Wisconsin is located, and about 60 miles from Watt's hometown of Pewaukee. Barr had been a member of the Sun Prairie Fire Department for 15 years. He was also a realtor and owner of The Barr House tavern, which was one of the buildings destroyed in the explosion. He is survived by his wife, Abby Barr, and twin daughters, who, according to Abby Barr, would shout "Daddy's home!" whenever he walked through the door.
Marshfield News-Herald

Hudson crash survivor recalls 5-hour ordeal


As Nicki Adeladel lost consciousness, she was resolved to the likelihood that the horrific town of Hudson crash she'd endured would end her life. That's why it was vital for her to see her mother's face when she came to. "It helped me to know I was alive," the St. Paul woman said. "I was expecting to see the deceased family members." Adeladel wasn't the only one who feared the worst. The July 10, 2017, crash on Trout Brook Road left Adeladel stranded for at least five hours with injuries so severe that her legs needed multiple surgeries and her arm had to be amputated. "I was surprised you're alive," St. Croix EMS paramedic Jen Kerner told her last week when the 35-year-old visited emergency workers and St. Croix County sheriff's deputies to thank them for their help.
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