Wisconsin News

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Green Bay Metro Fire Department: 1st red bulb on wreath after residential fire

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department switched its first bulb to red on its Holiday Wreath Program. The Holiday Wreath Program is a public awareness campaign that runs from Thanksgiving Day until January 1, 2023, and consists of a wreath with all green lights. If a residential fire in the city of Green Bay happens, one light will be changed to red. Around 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, fire crews were sent to the city’s east side for a report of a garage fire. Members of the Green Bay Police Department were the first on the scene and located a small fire inside the garage area. Engine 2 was able to extinguish the fire and perform overhaul operations quickly. Firefighters say that the fire was caused due to improper disposal of smoking materials.
WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

House in Door County suffers massive damage after fire

Firefighters in Door County had their hands full last weekend as they battled a massive fire in the town of Gibraltar. According to the Gibraltar Fire-Rescue Association Inc., on Sunday at around 5:30 p.m., crews were sent to a structure fire located on the 9200 block of Sugar Bush Court. Upon arrival, the home, which was unoccupied, was found to be fully engulfed by flames, so a Mutual Aid Box Alarm was activated for additional resources. Due to the aggressive nature of the fire, an exterior fire attack was made in an effort to control the flames and prevent the fire from spreading to nearby structures and surrounding woodland. Within one hour of being on the scene of the fire, crews were able to get it under control, and the overhaul began. The structure sustained heavy fire damage, and the cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. No injuries were reported.
WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Coulee Region Fire Departments team up for ’Keep the Wreath Green’ campaign

Fire departments in the Coulee Region are taking part in the 12th annual 'Keep the Wreath Green' fire prevention campaign. "The day after Thanksgiving, we put a wreath up, and it's covered in green lights, outside of City Hall here and in every one of our surrounding communities," said Onalaska Fire Department firefighter and EMT Jack Hubbard. "So, the City of Onalaska participates, as do Holmen, La Crosse, La Crescent, and Campbell. If one of us has a fire, we replace a green light with a red light." The wreath will also have one white light bulb to signify firefighters who have died in the line of duty and to serve as a reminder of the men and women serving in the armed forces.
WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Eagle River Fire Department participating in the ’Keep the Wreath Green’ campaign

The Eagle River Fire Department is participating in the "Keep the Wreath Green" fire safety campaign. From now until New Year's Day, a bulb will be changed from green to red for every structure fire that the Eagle River Fire Department responds to. The goal of this program is to keep the wreath green. Firefighters encourage people to water their Christmas Trees, turn all Christmas lights off when they're not home and choose LEDs instead of actual candles when decorating.
WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander

Follow Up: Candle may be to blame for Oconomowoc house fire

VIDEO: A shell of a house remains after a late-night fire burned through a home near Concord Road and Wisconsin Avenue in Oconomowoc. Western Lakes Fire District reports the first calls came in just after 1 a.m. Monday. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, heavy flames were seen from the front and back of the first floor of the home. They were progressing toward the second floor. Fire officials told WISN 12 News everyone made it out safely, but the parents suffered minor injuries and were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Two adult children were OK. "The house was just completely engulfed in flames, fire spewing out of the windows and doors. It was sad to see," said neighbor James Ko, who was woken up by the loud sirens and flashing lights. A nearby house was also affected, and the area was closed to all traffic for approximately three hours.
WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

La Crosse firefighters get hands on practice

VIDEO: The La Crosse Fire Department is taking advantage of three buildings that the City acquired for redevelopment. Using controlled burns, firefighters practiced real-life fire scenarios in three properties on South Avenue. The crews have been training in them for the last couple of months. They will continue to keep using them for training until the buildings are torn down. The buildings are along the corridor of a Wisconsin Department of Transportation project now underway to create several roundabouts and improve traffic flow along South Avenue.
WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Firefighters extinguish shed fire in Almond caused by wood burner

Firefighters put out a shed fire believed to have started by a nearby outdoor wood burner in Almond on Monday morning. Early Monday morning, a homeowner reported a fire in their shed outside. When firefighters arrived on scene, they quickly extinguished the fire before it spread to any other structures. The shed is a total loss. The fire's cause is believed to be from the outside wood burner near to the shed. "Keep the areas around the outside the wood burners, keep them clean, Dennis Schulz, 1st Assistant Fire Chief of the Almond Fire Department, said. "It could've been just an ember fell down, wood stack too close to the wood burner or something else."
WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Head-on collision on U.S. Highway 18 in western Wisconsin kills two

A crash on Sunday left two people dead after a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 18 in western Wisconsin. According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, around 11:22 a.m., deputies were notified of a two-vehicle crash in the township of Bridgeport, between the bridges of Prairie du Chien and Marquette, Iowa. Preliminary investigations reveal that an eastbound vehicle driven by 43-year-old Tracy Jo Larson of Prairie du Chien and a westbound vehicle driven by 36-year-old Luke Hackman of Decorah, Iowa collided head-on. Hackman’s vehicle was occupied by an adult female and two young children, who escaped with non-life-threatening injuries. Larson and Hackman both died as a result of their injuries on the scene of the crash. U.S. Highway 18 was closed for around four hours for crash scene reconstruction conducted by the Wisconsin State Patrol.
WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

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