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  • #16
    From the GB Press Gazette

    Large fire damages Arrow Concrete Inc. in Pittsfield
    By Corinthia McCoy
    [email protected]

    PITTSFIELD — Area firefighters battled a structure fire late Monday that heavily damaged Arrow Concrete Inc., 5484 Glendale Ave.
    Firefighters were paged at 9:15 p.m. Monday to the blaze. The flames and smoke were visible in the night sky. The fire was so intense that "it looked like the sun was rising," said Paul Schommer, who lives nearby.
    The yellow and red glow of the fire was visible a half-mile away, according to Fred Schreiner of Howard. He got to the fire scene about 9:30 p.m. and it was fully engulfed. "I couldn't tell what building was on fire," he said.
    Fire crews tore down the building about 11:30 p.m. Monday.
    The Tri-County Fire Department from Pulaski was in charge of the fire scene and received assistance from at least eight other departments.
    The Green Bay-Brown County directory lists Allan Duchateau as the manager of Arrow, with 20 employees.

    Saw this on the news last night...about 200 FF's were on the scene.
    The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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    • #17
      This is not an official fire report from the Milwaukee Fire Department it is designed
      for informational purposes only. It should not be accepted as an official record of an
      incident.

      GREATER ALARM

      DATE: 4/2/07 TIME: 11:13 PM ALARM# 23274
      LOCATION: 3210 W. Juneau Ave.

      DESCRIPTION: Heavy fire on the exterior and first floor of a large 2 ½ story wood
      frame dwelling used as rooming house. Fire extending to a second dwelling on arrival of
      first Engine Company. First building has extensive damage, fire extended to second floor
      and attic area. One firefighter transported to hospital with minor hand injury.

      1st Alarm : 11:13 PM E-32 L-2 for a smoke condition
      11:15 PM Full Assignment E-2, 13, 5 L-1, Rescue 1, B- 1,2 M-3
      2nd Alarm: 11:17 PM E-20, 1, 26, 9 L-11, 16 M-13 Comm, CAIR 1, Car 3
      Special Call 11:48 PM E-37, L-9
      Under Control 1:17 AM
      Incident Clear 3:15 AM

      321 0 3206
      CONTENTS: $ 25,000 $10,000
      STRUCTURE: $ 150,000 $75,000
      TOTAL LOSSES: $ 175,000 $85,000
      BrewCityFF
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      Last edited by BrewCityFF; 04-12-2007, 11:03 PM.

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      • #18
        Fatal fire

        A man killed in a fire at his home Tuesday night was identified by Milwaukee police this morning as Keith T. Degner.

        Degner, 50, died when the exhaust of his wood burning stove became disconnected and the wood burner was somehow knocked over, said Capt. Timothy Burkee. The fatal fire happened at Degner's home at 3021 N. Pierce around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

        Degner's body was found in the basement where the wood burner was located. Burkee said the fire was ruled accidental.

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        • #19
          This is not an official fire report from the Milwaukee Fire Department it is designed
          for informational purposes only. It should not be accepted as an official record of an
          incident.


          DATE: 4/5/07 TIME: 7:54 PM ALARM# 23863
          LOCATION: 1101 S 7th St

          DESCRIPTION: Basement fire in a 114 year old church. Fire extended to first floor.
          Crews had trouble finding interior stairway to basement. Fire contained to storage area
          with significant extension to first floor.

          1st Alarm: 7:54 PM E-12, 3, 31, 20 (RIT) L-11, 2, Rescue 1B-1, 4 M-15
          Special Call: 8:05 PM E-26, L-1
          2nd Alarm: 8:10 PM E-2, 1, 9 L-6, M-6 Car3, Comm, CAIR 1
          Special Call: 8:23 PM E-11, L-14
          Under Control: 9:13 PM
          Incident Clear: 9:56 PM
          CONTENTS: $ 25,000
          STRUCTURE: $ 500,000
          TOTAL LOSSES: $ 525,000

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          • #20
            This is not an official fire report from the Milwaukee Fire Department it is designed
            for informational purposes only. It should not be accepted as an official record of an
            incident.

            GREATER ALARM
            DATE: 4/5/07 TIME: 4:22 AM ALARM# 23729
            LOCATION: 2771 N. 28th St
            DESCRIPTION: Fire on the first floor of a 2 ½ story wood frame dwelling. Three
            occupants jumped from second floor window, one had severe injuries and was transported
            to hospital. Fire caused heavy damage to first floor and extended to second floor.

            1st Alarm: 4:22 AM E-13, 32, 30, 5 (RIT) L-9, 12, Rescue 1 B-2, 1 M-7
            Special Call: 4:30 AM E-36 L-13
            2nd Alarm: 4:32 AM E-24, 34, 9 L-2, M-5, Car3, Comm, CAIR 1
            CONTENTS: $ 5,000
            STRUCTURE: $ 50,000
            TOTAL LOSSES: $ 55,000

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            • #21
              http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/art...10929274b7b507

              I'd worked this fire all afternoon and late into the evening Yesterday.. south of Superior they are now labeling the Foxboro fire

              -Damien

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              • #22
                Green Bay had a nice burner yesterday. Old hose converted into a duplex, large amount of fire showing on arrival. Responding rigs could see the smoke after pulling out of the stations. Due to the roof design and several outcroppings it was difficult to extinguish all the fire.

                (I hope the pic and article show up from the GB Press Gazette)



                http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...705140503/1978
                The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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                • #23
                  Land fill fire

                  Duluth sent a hot load from a rubbish fire to our land fill.. Dispatch:: 0356, Engine three, reported fire on wisconsin point, 20 ft flames showing the whole point is on fire.. Rp called from the duluth Hillside reporting lots of fire... 0401 Engine 3 on scene, the land fill is on fire... 2.5 acres of discarded trash burning...is on fire...0408 Engine one a brush one. 1854 all rigs clear. Makes for a fun shift
                  Be SAFE!!! Go home when your shift is done and enjoy life.
                  This is MY OPINION and ONLY MINE.
                  Not my Departments/IAFF/WPFF

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                  • #24
                    Last night we had a decent fire at our local Landfill. Called in Mutual Aid for tankers, 4 tankers system, all the lines off several of our engines, and then here comes the landfill crew to smother the entire thing with dirt. The neat part was when the fire hit the methane exhaust from the fill, I got there late, but they were saying 30 foot flames.

                    got home last night at 3:00am, took a long time to clean and repack all the apparatus.

                    Oh yeah, that was my first call too..!

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                    • #25
                      Hey HAZMAT? Why pull so many lines when puting it out with water is impossible.... We got our city crews there to put dirt over it and sprayed water while the cats turned it over, otherwise protect the Vents and Covers(a cool million $ on the tarps) and let it burn, protect the woods.. we had two engines 1 with 500 gal and 1 with 1000 gal with only 2 lines off.... nearest hydrant 3 miles away.... I guess in my mind it is more hazardous to fight it than whats its worth.... Think of the Sh** people throw away.... cover it and then let public works deal with it over time... congrats on the first call though.. atleast you got to put water on something...
                      Be SAFE!!! Go home when your shift is done and enjoy life.
                      This is MY OPINION and ONLY MINE.
                      Not my Departments/IAFF/WPFF

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by plisken View Post
                        Hey HAZMAT? Why pull so many lines when puting it out with water is impossible.... We got our city crews there to put dirt over it and sprayed water while the cats turned it over, otherwise protect the Vents and Covers(a cool million $ on the tarps) and let it burn, protect the woods.. we had two engines 1 with 500 gal and 1 with 1000 gal with only 2 lines off.... nearest hydrant 3 miles away.... I guess in my mind it is more hazardous to fight it than whats its worth.... Think of the Sh** people throw away.... cover it and then let public works deal with it over time... congrats on the first call though.. atleast you got to put water on something...
                        Looking back and what the end result being, (they came and dumped dirt on it) I can see where protecting exposures and travel of fire (surround and drown) could have been an option. I am very new so I was just "going with the flow, doing as I was told". I think next time it'll be a different story, especially, as you said, given the contents. But having said that, I still had a good time!

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                        • #27
                          Glad you had fun, so did we.... Just remember, pack up if there is any question...
                          Be SAFE!!! Go home when your shift is done and enjoy life.
                          This is MY OPINION and ONLY MINE.
                          Not my Departments/IAFF/WPFF

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                          • #28
                            Third-alarm fire yesterday in Oak Creek. I think it was a barn. I was pretty ****ed since I was in a class at the time in Madison. Otherwise I would have gotten paged to come in with South Milwaukee Fire Dept. Would have been my first real fire. Guess I have to wait longer.

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                            • #29
                              Hasn't been too much going on lately or small fires I haven't heard too much about, however this was the news from last night. Don't have more details other than what I saw on the news. We had a similar type of fire last year where our crew was first in. Would have been the same here except we were off.

                              From the Green Bay Press gazette:

                              About 70 people were displaced Tuesday night when a fire forced evacuation of an apartment complex on Green Bay’s west side.
                              The fire at Colonial Court Apartments, 125 S. Platten St., was reported at 11:25 p.m. It apparently started on the second floor. The 28-unit building was evacuated and residents taken to local motels. No one was injured.

                              Apartment complex manager Sheryl Kunze, who lives on the first floor, was home at the time of the fire. She said when she walked in the hall, she immediately knew it was bad.
                              She knocked on doors to help alert other residents.
                              She said that neighbors in the area were very helpful when they saw residents out on the street, many in their nightclothes.
                              “People had blankets and clothes for us,” she said, and “one guy gave me the socks off his feet.” Later, she said a maintenance worker gave her his jacket.
                              Green Bay Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Mandich said one person was still unaccounted for -- the person lives in the apartment where the blaze is believed to have started. The apartment was searched, however, and fire officials did not find the person.
                              Fire crews were on the scene this morning assisting Brown County fire investigators in trying to determine the cause of the fire. The Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting residents.
                              The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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                              • #30
                                40 years ago today - July 30, 1967


                                http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=639476

                                Racial tension in summer of 1967 fueled deadly violence

                                Thomas Crosby walked out of the St. Francis Social Center, at N. 4th and W. Brown streets, into chaos.

                                Crosby, then 17, and fellow members of a local rhythm and blues band were loading instruments into his father's station wagon around midnight July 30, 1967, when a fight broke out in the parking lot of the center, where black people came on weekends to dance.

                                A crowd gathered to watch. Moments later, Crosby said, Milwaukee police cars appeared, and people started throwing rocks at the police vehicles. Soon after, more police came wearing riot gear.

                                The entire incident developed too quickly to be coincidental, Crosby said. The sight of patrons battling police so mesmerized him, he drove his father's car into a hydrant.
                                "It blew my mind," Crosby said. "I think the fight was planned to get something started, because everything happened so fast, like people knew something. . . . It felt like someone said, 'Go and incite the people.' "
                                The Summer of Love in the United States was also the summer of racial tension, civil disturbances and rioting in some American cities. The mood in Milwaukee was ripe for something explosive.

                                Local civil rights activists had turned their attention to fair housing in the city, highly segregated by race and ethnicity. NAACP Youth Council members spent the early weeks of the summer picketing homes of aldermen who continued to vote against a proposed ordinance to outlaw racial discrimination in home sales and rentals.

                                Activists predicted that Milwaukee's racial discomfort could lead to disorder similar to what had just erupted in July in Detroit and Newark, N.J., where a combined 66 people were killed and almost 1,900 injured.
                                "We need fair housing legislation in Milwaukee," Father James E. Groppi told the Common Council on July 25, 1967. "Unless something is done about the uninhabitable conditions that the black man has to live in, Milwaukee could become a holocaust."
                                Violence broke out five days later - lootings, brawls, shootings and fires. A few hours after the earliest disturbances occurred, Mayor Henry W. Maier proclaimed a state of emergency, and the city was under curfew for the next nine days.

                                In the end, the riots left four dead, 100 hurt and 1,740 people arrested.
                                Most accounts of Milwaukee's riots don't point to a single incident as a starting point. After-hours brawls on and around N. 3rd St. - now N. King Drive - and a sniper shooting on Center St. were factors in Maier's decision to activate the National Guard on the night between Sunday, July 30, and Monday, July 31.

                                Just two months earlier, Maier's office had developed a riot control plan, created in part as a result of picketing and demonstrations in Wauwatosa the previous summer.
                                "There were some rumors that something was going to happen," said LeRoy Jones, who was then a 39-year-old Milwaukee police detective - and one of 18 black officers in a department of 2,056.
                                "We did know there was going to be a riot. The Police Department knew - one to two weeks ahead - that something was planned. It was predicted that it would be on 3rd Street," Jones said. N. 3rd St. was the neighborhood's business district.

                                Fred Bronson, then NAACP Youth Council president, said he, too, recalled chatter in barbershops, bars and gathering spots frequented by black residents of "something going down." On Saturday, July 29, Bronson said, rumors intensified as some youth council members reported hearing similar theories.
                                The question - one that's still unanswered today - was: Who was behind such a plan?
                                Demonstrations at aldermen's homes and Father Groppi's statement to the Common Council - which some perceived as a threat - led Milwaukee Police Chief Harold Breier to think the youth council was planning the insurrection.
                                That wasn't true, former youth council members said.
                                "There was never any discussion of rioting," said Margaret (Peggy) Rozga, a youth council member who married Groppi in 1976. "Even if any of us thought something like that, we didn't say it to anyone, because we certainly knew we would probably be blamed for anything that happened."
                                Besides, Bronson said, a riot would have gone against the youth council's non-violent approach.
                                But there were people who felt otherwise - others who were not members of the youth council, Bronson added.

                                July 31, 1967

                                The lot at 134 W. Center St. is vacant now, but the home that once stood there was the site of the bloodiest event in Milwaukee's civil disturbance.
                                Just before 2 a.m. on the hot night, residents of the mostly black neighborhood around N. 2nd and W. Center streets gathered and talked outside. A white man drove by slowly in a white station wagon.
                                He doubled back and yelled a racial slur.
                                He reached for something. Someone shouted, "He's got a gun in the glove compartment."
                                People ran. A shotgun blast came from the house. The car was hit. The man inside the car, Milton L. Nelsen, an ironworker, was shot in the face. Hannah Jackson, who lived next door, was also hit by gunfire.
                                Seconds later, an unmarked squad car pulled up. LeRoy Jones was in the squad. His boss at the time, Capt. Kenneth Hagopian, had asked him to work that night.

                                "There was nobody outside at all," Jones said. "This guy was shooting out of the basement window, but you couldn't see him. So as we pull up, all (the shooter) saw was Hagopian, who's white, and another person, Harry Daniels (a police detective, also white). When we pull up across the street from (the house) he started shooting. Hagopian got hit first."
                                Hagopian was wounded in the face and neck. Jones was shot in the leg and right arm.
                                Jones gave this account to a Milwaukee Journal reporter: "I jumped out of the car. Just then, the captain did. He got hit and went down. I got off four or five shots. I felt my right hand weak. I couldn't pull the trigger."
                                In the next hour, a flurry of gunfire and flames followed as police converged. Patrolman Bryan Moschea, 24, ran into the Center St. house, thought to be held by a sniper. Police lobbed tear gas inside.

                                Officer John Carter, a 25-year-old patrolman, entered the home, too. He recalled seeing a flash. He was shot in the face. That's all he remembers.
                                Moschea's body was found in the burned-out building, killed by a shotgun blast to the chest.His father, Kenneth, a lieutenant in the Fire Department, fought the blaze and learned later his son was inside. Annie Mosley, a white, 77-year-old widow who lived in a rear flat on the first floor, also was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. She had returned to the burning building to turn off the television in her apartment. Four other officers were shot, with Carter and Hagopian the most seriously wounded.

                                A year later, John Oraa Tucker, who lived in the house, was found innocent of murder and attempted murder but guilty of six counts of endangering safety of police men. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and was paroled after serving nearly 10 years.

                                Under curfew

                                It was after the conflagration on Center St. that Maier instituted a round-the-clock curfew - the strictest in a city rocked by riots.
                                Maier had gone to City Hall just before midnight and asked Gov. Warren Knowles to put the Guard on standby. A rash of small fires and false alarms grew, as did reports that firefighters were being stoned.
                                Breier, though, told the mayor he didn't think the Guard was needed. "He (Breier) figured, let the people know that the police department can handle anything," Jones said.
                                But at 2:26 a.m, 11 minutes after the mayor received word that police officers were shot on Center St., Breier agreed it was time to call out the Guard.

                                At 3:40 a.m. a round-the-clock curfew took effect, closing down taverns, liquor stores, gas stations. People were ordered off the streets. Roadblocks went up and Milwaukee became a blockaded city.
                                Trauma center
                                Officers drove Hagopian to Mount Sinai Hospital at N. 12th and W. State streets. He was first seen by Shirley Orndoff, a registered nurse called in to work that night.
                                She recalled getting odd instructions from her supervisor: "She said, 'Now Shirley, don't ask questions. I can't tell you the answers until you get here. Do not take the side roads or come down Wisconsin Avenue. You don't want to be on the streets. You need to take the freeway,' " Orndoff recalled.
                                The city was not yet under curfew, but Orndoff could see that it was shutting down.
                                "I was the only car on the entire freeway," she said. "I didn't see anyone coming in my direction. Nothing. And it was so quiet, that it almost made me sick. . . . The houses all had their lights out."
                                Orndoff parked close to the hospital and checked in. "OK, Shirley. Get back and get into your scrubs," her boss said. The dressing area was down a long hallway lined with tall windows. One more instruction: "On your hands and knees. Crawl. And don't let your butt stick up."
                                "Why?" Orndoff asked her boss.
                                "We're in the middle of a riot, Shirley," she recalled of the response. "There's gunshots all over the place. Do what I just told you. Crawl."
                                She crawled to the dressing room, changed and started to crawl back.
                                "But when I got to the end, against all orders, I looked around the corner and I saw St. Anthony's Hospital on 11th and State," she said. There, she saw three officers armed with rifles. "But they didn't stand up straight, you know, like targets. You could just see their heads bob up, and then one would come out a little bit later."

                                The supervisor told her to get to the emergency room immediately - even though she had never worked in the E.R. "I didn't know what was there, so I grabbed a bunch of extra sponges and I put them in my blouse top," she said.
                                Four police officers, two on each side of the table, held down another officer on the table. That was Hagopian.
                                "I took a package of sponges - I didn't even wait for gloves," she said.
                                "I put a sponge on his face to see how much damage had been done. One of the officers brought over a bucket."
                                Orndoff had never seen a gunshot wound before.
                                She found his pulse, talked to him, told him she was a nurse and would be getting help. She asked if he wanted anything at that moment. "He shook his head kind of. He was responding anyway . . . his skin was so torn up that you couldn't really see what was damaged," she said.
                                According to a 1996 article, surgeons removed 126 pieces of lead from him. But Hagopian returned to work, and retired as a high-ranking police inspector in 1987.

                                Guard on patrol

                                For the most part, the unrest in Milwaukee was concentrated in an area roughly from W. State to W. Burleigh streets and N. 1st to N. 5th streets, with most of it happening along N. 3rd St. But a look at the police log from that night shows shooting and unrest throughout the city:
                                "Cars being set on fire at 16th and Vliet."
                                "We've got a large group of punks who need some attention at 1301 (West) Center."
                                "More looting Woolworth's at 13th and Vliet."
                                "Windows smashed at television store, 27th and Atkinson."

                                Across the city, people closed their doors and followed the curfew. "I'll never, ever forget the feeling of hearing gunshots in the background, in the night," says Roz Huber, then 17. Her brother Jimmy and her dad, Jim Cuda, went through their house on N. 72nd St. and drew the drapes. Her father got out his deer hunting rifle.
                                "I remember him saying not to be afraid - he and my brother would be up all night long," Huber recalls. "I remember him walking around checking the windows and doors. He would check the house, make sure everything was OK before we went to sleep. Not that I slept."
                                She adds, "A couple of neighbors did the same. Everybody was afraid because you just didn't know. You didn't know at the time whether or not anybody would come into our neighborhood and come into our house, ransack it. You'd see the National Guard driving by."

                                Hours after Orndoff, the nurse, was called to work, Bill Graham, then a guardsman and student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, heard reports of trouble.
                                "I decided to take a ride and see what was going on . . . and someone threw a brick through the back window of my station wagon," said Graham, who lived on E. Randolph Court just west of the river. "So I decided that maybe that was not a good time to go out riding around."
                                He later learned that his Wisconsin National Guard unit, based in Oconomowoc, was being called up.

                                Because Graham was assigned to officer candidate school, he was given a position of responsibility.
                                "I was given a special weapon, a military issue shotgun. It had a very long, pointed bayonet on it. It looked more like a Civil War bayonet. And it was used in prisons if there was a riot," he said.
                                "And my job was to neutralize snipers. Kill them. Or shoot them. Or you know, suppress the snipers," he said - though he never fired a shot.
                                Guardsmen and police patrolled together. "The tactical units had all their riot helmets on and they would drive around with all their weapons pointed out of the car, and they were very intimidating," he said. "And I'm sure that's the image they wanted to project. . . . And that was coming from black and from white officers."

                                Graham, who had handled civil disturbances in Madison and Lake Geneva as a guardsman, today believes the Guard was "a neutralizing, calming force between the police and the community."
                                Graham's first patrol assignment was at N. 5th and W. Walnut streets.
                                As the night began, Graham gazed to the second floor windows of a red brick apartment building and saw shadows. Curtains moved.
                                The people in the houses looked at him. He looked at them. "We had no idea what they were doing," Graham said. "They had no idea what we were doing."
                                "There was minimal light, so you'd just see the shadows. And that's what you'd look for, the shadows. Shadows and sudden movement."
                                It was quiet until daybreak, Graham said, when an older African American man came out of his home.
                                "He wanted to know if they were going to lift the curfew, because he wanted to go to his job. It was one of the big heavy industry companies. And he said he really, really needed to get to work because he was concerned about losing his job.
                                "The guard is citizen soldiers. Two days before, we were going to work like everybody else," Graham noted. "And I could identify with this man that couldn't get to work."
                                He and the other guardsmen went up the chain of command to see if the curfew was lifted and the guy could get to work. "And the answer was no," says Graham.
                                The city had settled down some, but the violence was far from over.
                                http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=637352#main

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