SUGAR CAMP - A major fire destroyed a machinery repair shop in Sugar Camp on Wednesday morning, sending clouds of black smoke over the Northwoods.
The shop, next to a home on County Highway D west of Sugar Camp, caught fire around 10 a.m.
"There was a machinery malfunction that [the owner said] he was dealing with, and there could also be a heating issue," said Sugar Camp Fire Chief Jason Goeldner. "We got an area to look, but we haven't gotten in there yet to actually try to do a thorough investigation yet."
No one was hurt.
Seven local fire departments responded with firefighters, tankers, and ladder trucks. Emergency responders used the MABAS system to dispatch help to the scene.
Firefighters used Three Lakes' ladder truck to get a better angle on the fire.
"The ladder truck was primarily used because [the structure] has a heavy metal roof, and we're trying to get over top of the fire and shoot down, penetrate that water from the top down," Goeldner said.
The building had plenty of fuel to feed the powerful fire.
"I think there's, for sure, one dump truck in there, so it's got saddle tanks of maybe 40 to 80 gallons of diesel fuel each," Goeldner said. "[You've got] fuel for the fire. You've got cutting torches, acetylene oxygen, you've got the rubber from the tires that are in there, and basically any other flammable or combustible materials."
Fire crews planned to bring in an excavator Wednesday to access hard-to-reach areas of the fire site. The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.
MADISON, WIS. (AP) - Madison officials say Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents violated city policy by detaining at least six immigrants without letting police know ahead of time.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says the department has a working relationship with ICE, but the federal agency did not follow protocol. Koval says ICE has agreed to call the assistant police chief before making arrests in Madison. This time the agency called the Dane County Communications Center.
Koval says the arrests were made at separate workplaces and are not considered to be part of a raid. He says the community is in "hyper-warp distress mode."
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says ICE told city officials the people arrested are believed to have committed serious crimes, but he does not know the specifics of the investigation.
WOODRUFF - Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport hosted a fun-filled day for family and friends on Saturday.
This comes about five months after one of its helicopters crashed, killing three Spirit employees.
Regional manager Charles Kotke said those men were in mind today,
"Today is a day of bringing people together, as well as a celebration of our 25 year anniversary," said Kotke. "This team did an amazing job getting us back to caring for our patients and doing what we need to do to care of our community."
Flight paramedics showed off the aircrafts to people and the helicopter was a big hit.
"They definitely like to look at the aircrafts. See how we transport patients from point A to point B," said Northern Region Supervisor Ryan Short.
Next Saturday, Spirit is celebrating with more associates. The second part of the celebration will be in Stevens Point.
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