For the second time, bikers geared up for a ride to raise awareness and funding for the Milwaukee Junior Fire Institute. The proceeds from the ride would make a world of difference for those dreaming of becoming a first responder.
"These kids are experiencing what fire is like for the first time," explained Lt. Jeff Halsey, Milwaukee Fire Department.
At the Milwaukee Junior Fire Institute, young people, ages 14-20, learn firsthand what it takes to be a firefighter during a four-day overnight camp which would not be possible without the bikers.
"Without their support, we would not be able to make this program work," said Halsey.
WITI Fox Channel 6
A house in Exeter was totaled after a fire caused $400,000 in damage Sunday morning.
The Belleville Fire Department was dispatched to W. 2914 Willow Lane at 4:26 a.m. after reports of a residential structure fire.
According to a Facebook post from the Belleville Fire Department, the family's dog alerted the homeowners to the fire. The family found out the fire was near the front of the house.
The entire family and dog made it out safely, and none of the firefighters were hurt.
Dane County dispatch said the fire was fully extinguished by 5:30 a.m. The fire's cause is still unknown.
The Belleville Fire Department is currently accepting cash and gift card donations to help the family.
WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison
Firefighters on Sunday night, July 14 responded to the scene of a shed fire on Kettle View Drive near Badger Road in the Town of Kewaskum. The call came in around 9 p.m.
The shed, which had become fully engulfed, was extinguished by fire personnel. The shed, and its contents, were a total loss estimated at over $100,000.
Kettle View Drive was closed in the area for approximately three hours, to facilitate firefighting.
No one was injured as a result of the fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee
Firefighters say no one was hurt after a vehicle was found on fire.
The Kaukauna Fire Department responded for a report of a vehicle fire with flames visible around 3:07 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.
Arriving firefighters found the vehicle parked on the side of 14th street away from any buildings.
The occupant of the vehicle had parked and exited the vehicle after he noticed smoke. The occupant attempted to get some water from a nearby home, but was unsuccessful.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire underneath the hood of the car and in the engine compartment. They then extinguished the fire.
The personal belongings in the vehicle were all salvageable including owners’ wallet and vehicle title.
The vehicle was just purchased a few months ago for $500 and the new owner had come from Michigan to bring it home.
WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay
A Rice Lake man has been charged with arson of a building, mistreating animals and disorderly conduct.
According to a Barron County criminal complaint, 37-year-old Eric Thorson of Rice Lake was out of control and had started a fire.
Thorson was reported taking kittens out of his apartment and throwing them at the concrete ground, claiming he wanted to kill them all.
Officials say, while the kittens were being collected, Thorson went back into his apartment, balled up newspaper, lit it on fire and then walked out and watched the house.
Barron County Deputy Storberg administered a preliminary breath test on Thorson, which resulted in a .316, almost four times the legal limit.
This happened Thursday around 4 p.m. in Rice Lake.
Deputy Storberg noted that none of the cats were injured.
Thorson is out on a $5,000 signature bond. His next court date is July 22.
WEAU-TV 13 News