Wisconsin News

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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. In a press release, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said the sole occupant of the vehicle was transported to Divine Savior Hospital in Portage by ambulance and that her condition was unknown. The sheriff’s office and a Divine Savior spokeswoman said they could not provide the identify the woman in time for this story. Sheriff Roger Brandner said she is from Wisconsin but not the Portage area.
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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. The fire was contained around 1:30 p.m. Crews from Edgar, Marathon, and Hamburg remain at the scene. A backhoe was called in to extinguish possible hot spots. The barn was engulfed when crews arrived. It's a total loss. A garage next to the barn was also partially damaged. No one was injured as a result of the fire. The cause remains under investigation.
WEAU-TV 13 News

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.
WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

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." Crews arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and flames visable through the roof. "Pretty much in a house like this it's all cathedral ceiling,"Chief Noe said. "When the fire got going it got up on the top and it ran the whole length of the house, nothing to stop it, so she was pretty well involved when we got here."
WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Friday, January 18, 2019

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. MFD said arson may have been a factor, but at this point they aren’t ruling out anything until a thorough investigation is complete. The Milwaukee Medical Examiner has scheduled an autopsy for the victim today.
Today's TMJ4

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. Now, the village is owning their latest mistake. The Hales Corners Fire Chief said a scheduling error is to blame for leaving only three part-time firefighters on duty Wednesday who weren't able to properly respond to a car fire. Shortly before noon on Wednesday, a car caught fire in the middle of an intersection on Highway 100 in Hales Corners. Given Hales Corners Fire Department's alleged scheduling error, they called on Greendale to pick up their slack.
Today's TMJ4

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. Bahr’s current duties include attending monthly meetings, trainings, develops protocols and participates in quality assurance review. She will be available for three to five hours per month. Bahr’s services will be different than with Pickhardt as the Fire Commission approved a new $6,000 contract with her. Pickhardt’s services previously came at no cost.
Poynette Press

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. Coming together as a countywide service could mean many different things and work in many different ways, according to Fred Hornby, who provided a presentation to emergency service officials, volunteers and representatives from the different towns and agencies. Other counties in the state have brought their agencies together, which he said offers examples of different ways to go about it.

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. The wall slowed the fire enough for firefighters to arrive before the flames spread to the home, Deaver said. The fire did damage a small amount of siding and a small part of the home's roof but did not spread inside, Deaver said. The garage was a total loss, he said.
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. Lor admitted to police that in February 2017 she splashed the front door of a Greenfield apartment with gasoline and ignited it with a match, according to a criminal complaint.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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