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Friday, July 30, 2021

Fire in Fond du Lac home blamed on candle left burning

Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue says a candle was left burning when no one was home, causing a fire that damaged part of a house on County Rd. V Thursday afternoon. The fire department says smoke detectors alerted people nearby, who called 911. Firefighters were able to limit the fire damage to one room, while there was smoke damage to other rooms. Firefighters say the candle was in a corner of a room used for quilting and crafting. When the candle melted the top of a plastic shelving unit, the flames spread to the nearby combustibles. Firefighters plan to go around the neighborhood on Friday to discuss fire safety. They’ll offer to inspect homes, hand out fire safety literature, and remind people about the value of working smoke detectors.
WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Former Rome fire chief remembered as a ’super good guy’

Mike Revolinski is being remembered as a “super good guy” who always wore a smile on his face. Revolinski, who perished in Tuesday’s house explosion and resulting fire in the Village of Rome, was a former chief of the Rome Fire Department who had served in that capacity for about 10 years. “He would do anything for anybody—(he was) very, very helpful,” said family spokesman Kevin Broedlow, brother-in-law to Mike and Sharon Revolinski who had resided at the home destroyed in the blast. “He always had a joke for you if you asked him.” Sharon, who escaped the explosion without injury, was gathered with her family Tuesday at the site located at the corner of Water and Milwaukee streets. “Sharon wasn’t in the house at the time, so she escaped unharmed,” Broedlow said. He described Mike as someone who always kept everyone in the loop. “He was the type of guy who would call you if there was a bad thunderstorm coming, things like that,” Broedlow said. “He made you aware of what was going on, stuff like that. Just a truly genuine person.”
Beloit Daily News - Metered Site

Driver seriously injured in Sheboygan County after losing control of his SUV

A 21-year-old man was transported by helicopter to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah after being ejected from his SUV. It happened around 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, July 29 near W. County Road A and Forest Dr. in Plymouth, Wisconsin. The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office said the man lost control of his SUV, and his injuries are believed to be life threatening. The incident is still under investigation. Sheboygan County Sheriffs were assisted by Glenbeulah First Responders, Elkhart Lake First Responders, Greenbush Fire Department, Orange Cross Ambulance and Flight for Life Ambulance.
WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Appleton residents offer feedback at design meeting for park honoring fallen firefighter

VIDEO: Mitch Lundgaard, a 14-year-veteran of the Appleton Fire Department, lost his life in the line of duty in May of 2019 while responding to a medical emergency. Now, a park is set to be built in his honor. The facilities are located directly next to Appleton's Fire Station No. 6. The city seeked feedback on preliminary park concepts. Locals ranked playground amenities, such as water park features and wintertime activities. Former colleagues say this is the perfect way to pay tribute. “That means a lot to us, so we never forget his legacy; that's what we really want. Every day he was a fantastic father, and he was a fantastic friend to other people's kids, so this is a perfect way to honor all these things,” said Doug Vrechek, Battalion Chief of Resource Development and Special Operations.
WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Hudson firefighters respond to gas leak downtown

Hudson Fire Department was on the scene late afternoon July 28, 2021, after a gas leak was reported. They closed off the Second Street from Walnut Street to Coulee Road, and made certain everyone was safe. Hudson Police advised residents to avoid the area in a Facebook post. The cause of the leak was under investigation. There were no reports of any illnesses or injuries.
Hudson Star Observer

Madison crews fight fire in dead tree at Olin Park from land and water

A fire inside an 80-foot-tall tree along the lakeshore at Olin Park might have been caused by discarded cigarette butts, fire officials said. Crews were dispatched to Olin Park around 2:45 p.m. Monday after getting a report that a tree was on fire. When they arrived at Olin Park, a person flagged down firefighters to point out the tree’s location. After a quarter-mile hike along a lakeshore path, firefighters found the dead, burning tree with fire coming from multiple spots in the trunk and out the top of the tallest branches. Crews used a water can extinguisher to put out the flames that had spread to the ground nearby. Madison fire officials said they needed assistance from the Madison Fire Department’s Lake Rescue Team because some of the flames were difficult to reach from land. Though they couldn’t decisively say what caused the fire, fire officials said they found a pair of cigarette butts close to the tree.
WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

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