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    30 SEPT 2008

    Fire starts in clothing piled in bathtub

    A fire that started in a pile of clothes in a bathtub left $10,000 worth of damage to a home on the city's north side and has been referred to Milwaukee police for investigation.

    Firefighters responded to the two-story, single family home about 7 p.m. in the 2200 block of W. Lloyd St. last night, according to Battalion 1 Fire Chief Steven Gleisner.

    No one was home at the time. The fire was contained to the bathroom and attic.

    There were no injuries.
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    Battalion 3 Fire Chief William Wentlandt this morning reported a second fire, in the 1900 block of W. Lincoln Ave., that has also been referred to police for investigation.

    Firefighters responded there about 5:55 p.m. where a fire had started in the kitchen on the second floor of the duplex and extended into the attic. There was no smoke detector on the second floor, Wentlandt noted.

    No one was home at the time. There were no injuries.

    The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the residents there.

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    1 OCT 2008

    Fire damages vacant north side home

    The cause of a fire that caused $25,000 in estimated damage to a vacant home on the city's north side has been referred to Milwaukee police for investigation, Milwaukee fire officials said today.

    The fire, which occurred about 2 a.m., started on the second floor of the 3 1/2 -story home at 3214 N. 34th St., according to Battalion 2 Fire Chief Tom Jones.

    The door was open when firefighters arrived and they encountered a heavy volume of fire on the second floor. Flames also extended to the first floor of the building, which had no electricity, Jones noted.

    There were no injuries.

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    2 OCT 2008

    North side blaze ruled arson

    A fire inside a vacant home on the city's north side last night has been determined to be arson after a preliminary investigation by Milwaukee police, investigators said this morning.

    The blaze caused about $25,000 damage after it burned through the floor of the dining room and extended into the basement, according to Battalion 1 Fire Chief Michael Labinski.

    Firefighters responded to the home at 2849 N. 5th St. just after 10 p.m.

    No one was injured.

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    6 OCT 2008


    High-rise fire started in kitchen

    Police are investigating the cause of a high-rise apartment building fire today that put a man in critical condition and brought more than 100 firefighters to Milwaukee's east side, and displaced hundreds.

    The fire at Prospect Towers, 1626 N. Prospect Ave., appears to have started around 9:30 a.m. in the kitchen of a 15th-floor apartment of the 23-story building. Within minutes, smoke was filling the floor, and neighbors say a resident kicked down the door of an apartment where a 56-year-old man resides.

    "The smoke was coming from the room right next to us," said Pietro Tarantino, 54, who said he was visiting a woman in a neighboring apartment on the 15th floor. "There was so much smoke coming in and they said the fire department was on the way."

    He said he and others eventually ran down the building's stairs. Police shut down Prospect Ave. while fire engines were blocking the road.

    The victim, whose name was not being released by the Milwaukee Police Department this afternoon, was later rescued by firefighters and taken to Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, said Tiffany Wynn, a Milwaukee Fire Department spokeswoman. The man had second-degree burns over much of his body, Wynn said.

    Investigators haven't determined whether the cause was electrical or cooking fire that got out of hand, Wynn said. Firefighters kept most of the flames from spreading beyond the apartment, Wynn said.

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    8 OCT 2008

    Faulty furnace blamed for house fire

    A faulty furnace is to blame for a fire that extended from the basement to the first floor of a Milwaukee home, causing $30,000 in damage yesterday, according to fire officials.

    Firefighters were called to the two-story duplex at 1914 W. Capitol Drive at 5:07 p.m. Tuesday. No one was injured.

    The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the displaced residents.

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    8 OCT 2008

    City to honor fallen firefighters

    The Milwaukee Fire Department will pay tribute this morning to the 106 department employees who have died in the line of duty.

    This is the 12th annual memorial service hosted by the city's fire department and is being held during Fire Prevention Week. Firefighters will read the names of all of the members who died while working fires in the department's 137-year history. Fire Chief Douglas Holton will lay a wreath at the firefighters' memorial.

    The ceremony is being held at 11 a.m. in front of the city's fire department headquarters, 711 W. Wells St.

    The fallen.

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    9 OCT 2008

    Firefighters rescue woman from porch roof

    Milwaukee firefighters rescued a 64-year-old woman from the roof of a front porch while the duplex below her burned last night.

    Firefighters responded to 2838 N. 27th St. about 6:48 p.m., where they found a basement fire that had spread through the heating system and onto multiple floors inside the building, causing an estimated $20,000 in damage, according to Battalion 1 Fire Chief Steven Gleisner.

    Three people playing cards on the first floor were able to escape safely after smoke detectors went off. It was unknown this morning whether the second floor, where the woman was located, had working smoke detectors.

    Once rescued, the woman was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for treatment of smoke inhalation, Gleisner said.

    Milwaukee police are investigating the cause of the fire.

    The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the displaced residents.

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    13 OCT 2008


    Union: Firefighters facing greater risks

    Milwaukee firefighters' union leaders argued today that staffing cuts have increased the chances of death, injury and property loss in a fire. But Fire Department officials said the figures were open to interpretation.

    Mayor Tom Barrett has proposed closing a downtown pumper engine company and slicing ladder truck crews from five firefighters to four in all companies that haven't been cut already. He says a second company will close unless the Common Council raises the solid waste fee 28%.

    Since 2000, the city has cut 147 firefighter jobs, Milwaukee Professional Firefighters' Association President Bobbie Webber told the council's Finance & Personnel Committee. Although total fires and fire deaths are down, the rates of civilian deaths per fire, inflation-adjusted dollar loss per fire and injuries per firefighter are all up, Webber said.

    Fire Chief Doug Holton and his command staff said they calculated the numbers differently than the union. For example, department officials noted, work time lost to injuries and illness is down for this year to date.

    Webber and Holton also disagreed over the national standard for fire crew size. Webber said the four-person standard cited by Barrett, Holton and consultants was only for low-risk structures, while a five- or six-person crew is appropriate for Milwaukee's housing stock. Holton said his department compensated for smaller crews by sending more units to each fire.

    The union has argued that larger crews are needed to ensure enough firefighters are on hand to aid colleagues trapped in a blaze. Barrett's budget calls for replacing two ladder truck companies with rapid-response units to rescue trapped firefighters.
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    15 OCT 2008


    Alarms save family, firefighters save pet

    A family safely escaped from their north side home early today but looked to Milwaukee firefighters to rescue their pet dog from their burning basement.

    Battalion 2 Fire Chief Dan Holton said firefighters extinguished the fire in the basement, where they located the family pet and carried him out of the home to a waiting medical unit.

    "We gave him a little oxygen and brought some familiar faces by him," said Holton, noting that the dog then walked away fine.

    Fire officials have referred the cause of the fire to Milwaukee police for investigation.

    It occurred about 4:18 a.m. in the 2500 block of N. 53rd St. Holton said damage is estimated at $20,000 to the building and $10,000 to contents.

    There were no injuries.

    "The working smoke detectors did their job," Holton said.

    The American Red Cross responded to the scene to help the residents with temporary shelter.

    In Battalion 4, Fire Chief Jack Christianson reported today that firefighters responded to a fire confined to the exterior underneath a mobile home about 4 p.m. on Tuesday in the 4200 block of S. 6th St. The cause is believed to be electrical. Damage was estimated at $3,000. There was no one home at the time and no injuries reported.

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    15 OCT 2008


    Firefighters picket firehouses


    Firefighters are protesting the city budget this morning by picketing city firehouses, including the downtown headquarters and the Engine 4, Ladder 3 firehouse at 9501 W. Appleton Ave.

    Firefighter union leaders have argued staffing cuts proposed in Mayor Tom Barrett's 2009 budget could increase the chance of injury and death and risk additional property loss in serious blazes.

    Since 2000, the city has cut 147 firefighter jobs, according to the Milwaukee Professional Fire Fighters Association. At the same time, firefighters in recent years have persuaded aldermen to scale back previous proposals to reduce engine and ladder truck crews.
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    17 OCT 2008


    Arson suspected in sports bar fire

    Milwaukee firefighters rescued a man from the basement of a burning tavern after they heard him coughing as he searched for a friend who had already escaped the blaze, which police today are calling an arson.

    Firefighters responded to the one-story building that housed the Freeway Sports Lounge, 3762 N. King Drive, at 3:36 a.m. They found a fire that had originated in the northeast corner of the building and spread across about three-quarters of the first floor, according to Battalion 1 Fire Chief Michael Labinski.

    As firefighters fought the fire, they realized there was someone in the basement.

    "He thought his other friend was still in the basement," Labinski said. "He stayed down there trying to find him. As soon as he got outside, he said, 'There's still another person down there.'" The other man, however, had already escaped.

    Firefighters were able to drag the man from the basement through a backdoor exit.

    The two men inside the building at the time were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. No one else was hurt.

    Police today are seeking suspects in the arson.

    Labinski estimated damage to the tavern at $65,000 for the structure and its contents.

    In a separate overnight fire call, Battalion 5 firefighters responded to a fire inside a furnace at the Dana Corp. Reinz Wisconsin Gasket, where 90 people were evacuated from the building about 10:15 last night.

    Battalion 5 Fire Chief Tom Jones said there was a lot of smoke inside the factory, 11500 W. Brown Deer Road, but no one was injured.

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    Is this a sign of the times with the economy going where it is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wischief View Post
    Is this a sign of the times with the economy going where it is?
    This question/subject has been brought up many times in class at fire academy.

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    20 OCT 2008


    Police to probe north side duplex fire

    A fire that caused $15,000 in damage to a vacant duplex on Milwaukee's north side this morning has been referred to Milwaukee police for investigation, according to the Milwaukee Fire Department.

    Firefighters responded about 5:30 a.m. to 2745-47 N. 37th St. for a fire in the attic of the 2-1/2 story vacant home. They contained the blaze to the attic, according to Battalion 2 Fire Chief Pepie DuDeVoire.

    No one was injured.

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    20 OCT 2008


    Fire hits warehouse on St. Paul Ave.

    Milwaukee firefighters are on the scene of a warehouse fire near N. 15th St. and W. St. Paul Ave.

    Early reports from Milwaukee Fire Department officials indicate that the 1-story building is vacant, and that the fire started in the northwest side of the building just after 8 a.m.

    Fire Department Lt. Lawrence Jenkins said a second alarm was called on the fire because of the length of the building, but firefighters knocked down the blaze quickly.

    Jenkins said the cause of the fire would likely be referred to Milwaukee police for investigation.

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    20 OCT 2008


    Basement fire causes $55,000 in damages

    Milwaukee police are investigating a fire that caused an estimated $55,000 in damage to a home on the city's north side yesterday.

    Firefighters responded about 1:30 p.m. Monday to the 3800 block of N. 36th St., where they found fire in the basement of the two-story home, according to Battalion 2 Fire Chief Dan Holton. It spread to the first floor of the home, but the residents were not home at the time of the blaze.

    Holton said firefighters did not find any working smoke detectors.

    The cause remains under investigation. There were no injuries.

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    Tenants flee apartment fire on west side of Green Bay
    October 24, 2008
    Residents in an apartment complex on Green Bay's west side were displaced Thursday night because of a fire.
    Firefighters responded to the complex at 1740 Western Ave. at 8:32 p.m.
    Green Bay Fire Lt. Nick Craig said the fire originated in an apartment on the second floor. The cause of the fire was unknown.
    The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the displaced residents. Craig was uncertain of the number of residents displaced.
    — Corinthia McCoy/Press-Gazette


    Been awile since I was in on a first in fire, but this was ours last night. We got onscene and had smoke coming out of an open bedroom window. We pulled a crosslay and went up stairs. There was light smoke on the landing and the apartment door was open. The fire just started rolling over the ceiling and out the window when we hit it. The engineer said he had a great view of the fire changing. We knocked the fire down and I found some more fire in a closet, we removed a lot of items packed into this closet, but got the fire out. Pulled some walls and ceilings and had no extension. This was a nice room and contents where the fire was limited to the room of orgin. Not bad considering the last few apartment fires we had burned for a long time and many people were displaced. Here there was only one 4 units that were displaced and residents were back inside before we left the scene.
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    25 OCT 2008


    house fire under investigation

    The cause of a fire to a house at 2944 N. 13th St. this morning is under investigation, Battalion Chief Steven Gleisner said.

    The fire that was reported at 9:30 a.m. started in the second flood of the vacant structure of the 1 ½ story house, he said. The fire was in the walls and took and hour and a half to bring under control, he said.

    Damage was estimated at $30,000. There were no injuries

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    26 OCT 2008


    Apartment fire causes $75,000 in damage




    Fire caused an estimated $75,000 worth of damage to a three- story apartment building at 2728 N. Shepherd Ave. this morning in a blaze fire officials said was caused by an electrical short circuit of a second floor ceiling light fixtures.

    The fire was reported at 7:34 a.m. to the building that was a former mansion that had been converted into four apartments, Battalion Chief Jack Christianson said.

    The residents who were in three of the four apartments at the time of the fire vacated prior to the arrival of firefighters, he said. No injuries were reported, he said.

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    Westside fire displaces tenants
    October 30, 2008
    A fire on Green Bay’s near west side Thursday morning left tenants in the two-story duplex temporarily homeless.
    All those inside got out safely. The American Red Cross was called to assist family members.
    The fire occurred at about 8:30 a.m. at 1450 S. Chestnut Ave. and originated in an upstairs bedroom, said Green Bay Fire Lt. Nick Craig.
    Cause has not been determined. Damage estimates are still being compiled.
    Mike Hoeft/Press-Gazette


    Also, last Friday morning there was a house fire on Green Bay's near west side. Could not find the article though.

    Starting to get busy again, this is the third or fourth fire in the last several days.
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    Tribute honors Green Bay firefighters past and present
    Monument along Fox River names about 350 men and women
    By Andy Nelesen • anelesen@greenbaypressgazette.com • October 26, 2008

    Green Bay firefighters now have a tribute to call their own.


    About 150 people turned out Saturday for the dedication of the Green Bay Fire Fighter Tribute on the west bank of the Fox River near the Neville Public Museum of Brown County.

    About 350 former firefighters are named on the bricks, honoring those who retired, left the job or died before retirement. More bricks will be added each year as active firefighters retire or leave the job, said Bill Margis, president of the Green Bay Fire Fighter Tribute Foundation.

    The large Maltese cross atop of a field of red brick pays homage to the "honor, tradition and colorful history" of the Green Bay Fire Department and the men and women who serve in its ranks, Margis said.

    Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton's keynote remarks heralded firefighters as hard-working and dedicated.

    "We take our safety and their high level of competence for granted," Lawton said, noting the sacrifices and contributions firefighters — and their families — make for the community.

    Bob Rose, a retired captain, said the tribute is an honor to all who have served their community in the fire service. He spent 31 years in the department.

    "I think this is kind of a fulfillment of what we as firefighters do for the community," said Rose, now 23 years off the job. "This is just great. It's a wonderful tribute and a real honor."

    Firefighter Len Orlando said he was among the first to float the idea of a monument honoring firefighters. It first surfaced five or six years ago at a union meeting, but faded away over time, he said.

    It was after Lt. Arnie Wolff died in the line of duty in August 2006 that the idea rekindled and a group took on the project.

    "It just sort of evolved from there," Orlando said.

    Margis said the project's costs total $43,000. Firefighters have raised about $31,000 through donations and fundraising and have about $12,000 outstanding.

    "This is an ongoing thing," Margis said. "We'll be adding bricks to this every year."
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    Default Long day for crews fighting Badger State Ethanol fire

    MONROE - Area firefighters returned to their stations by 10 p.m. Monday, after an eight-hour struggle with frigid temperatures turning water to slush and freezing on pipes, to contain a fire in a germ drying and bagging processor at Badger State Ethanol in the 800 block of 17th Street in Monroe.

    Monroe Fire Chief Daryl Rausch said the fire was out and no firefighters remained at the site. However, Badger State personnel remained on site through the night.

    Some firefighting units began picking up their hoses sometime after 8 p.m., even while others still were investigating smoldering embers in the duct work of the processor.

    For almost two hours, firefighters climbed around on the processor, being careful of slippery pipes covered with frozen water, and opening and even removing hatch doors to peer into the processing unit, to inspect for a potential flare-ups.

    At least one hatch opened at about 8:15 p.m. revealed grain embers still glowing.

    Firefighters worked their way down the processor's ducts, as they cleared each level.

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