Wisconsin News

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Firefighter hospitalized, residence total loss after Beloit fire

A firefighter was injured and a residence is considered a total loss after a residential fie in the Town of Beloit early Saturday morning. A residential fire with smoke and flames showing at Rockvale Mobile Home Park, at 6219 S. Hwy 51, Lot 212, was reported at 3:57 a.m., according to the Town of Beloit Fire Department. The Town of Beloit Fire Department, along with the City of Beloit, City of Janesville and Town of Turtle Fire Departments were sent to the scene. After it was confirmed everyone was out of the residence, a defensive fire attack was initiated. Additional crews from Footville, Edgerton and the City of Beloit were then requested to the scene, according to the Town of Beloit Fire Department.
WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Three people treated in a Brillion duplex fire

Several people were forced out of a duplex after a fire broke early Sunday morning. The Brillion Fire Department said three people needed to be treated for smoke inhalation after they arrived at the duplex on North Glenview Avenue around 3:30 a.m. The three people from the main area where the fire was were the ones treated then released. The second family living on the other side of the duplex were also forced out of their home. The American Red Cross is helping both families. Several area departments including the Calumet County Sheriff’s Office came to help at the scene. Firefighters say the cold weather and wind played a factor in challenges they faced, but the fire was put out in about 30 minutes.
WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Amherst Fire Chief Wants Tougher Laws To Protect Road Workers

This year, seven first responders have died in roadside crashes across the country, according to the Emergency Responder Safety Institute. "What's really scary is standing two to three feet out at a highway and having a car go by you at 60 to 80 mph," Amherst Assistant Fire Chief Brian Swan said. Swan tells FOX 11 he knows the feeling all too well, along with the neighboring fire department in Waupaca. "July of 18, there was a Waupaca fire truck that was rear-ended out on Highway 10. Luckily there weren't any significant injuries." That's when he started looking into laws to protect workers on the roads. "I found there wasn't anything besides the Move Over and Slow Down."

Rock County fire officials announce new partnership, location-based dispatch technology

Four fire departments in Rock County announced Monday a partnership that will help with decreasing emergency response times. Thanks to automatic vehicle locator technology, fire departments from Janesville, Milton, the city of Beloit and the town of Beloit, will now support each other’s communities regardless of municipal boundaries. The new technology uses GPS to dispatch the closest available emergency response vehicles to a variety of calls, including car accidents, fire alarms and medical emergencies. “When our residents experience an emergency, they need the fastest response possible,” City of Beloit Interim Fire Chief Dan Pease said. “By working together, we are able to more effectively render aid regardless of boundaries.” The four fire departments are the first of 11 in Rock County to adopt the new technology.
WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Fire causes $60,000 damage to Watertown home

A fire caused an estimated $60,000 in damages to a Watertown home early Saturday. Watertown Fire Department received a call at 12:57 a.m. for an active fire with smoke and flames at 923 Labaree St., according to fire officials. The first arriving unit reported the fire was coming from the second story and the on-scene crews were able to knock down the fire from the exterior and get inside to put the fire out. According to officials, there were no injuries to the residents or firefighters. The source of the fire was determined to be electrical and fire damage was estimated at about $60,000, according to fire officials. The incident was upgraded to a box alarm, which brought in additional fire and EMS units and the command staff to the scene. There were no working smoke detectors in the home, according to officials.
Watertown Daily Times

Friday, January 17, 2020

Green Bay Metro Fire makes wager with San Francisco Fire ahead of championship game

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department and the San Francisco Fire Department have partnered to remind communities of the importance of practicing fire safety along with some friendly competition. On the Tuesday following Sunday’s game, the fire chief will install a smoke alarm with the winning team’s emblem on it. The fire chief will also wear the winning team’s jersey for the entire day. The losing fire chief will also personally donate $100 to Burn Camp/Prevention charity of the winning chief’s choice. The winning department will receive a donation of 50 smoke alarms from Kidde. “While we hope everyone has fun on football Sunday, we would also like to shed some light on fire safety in your home. Every year, our departments respond to numerous calls to residences without working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors,” says Green Bay Metro.
WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

PHOTOS: Remembering the 1996 fire that destroyed Madison’s Hotel Washington

The Hotel Washington, which sat at the intersection of West Washington Avenue and Regent Street, was destroyed by fire on Feb. 18, 1996, taking with it several businesses that were significant gathering spots for Madison's gay and lesbian community. Bars and restaurants housed in the building included Club de Wash, the New Bar, Rod's Club, the Barber's Closet, MicroBar and the Cafe Palms and Espresso Bar. The fire started in a Cafe Palms office, where an ashtray had been emptied into a trash can. Here's a look back at the fire and its aftermath.

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