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Home uninhabitable after Election Day fire, $150K in damages, no injuries

RACINE — A single-family home is uninhabitable after a fire on Election Day, but no one was injured. According to a press release from the Racine Fire Department, crews responded at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, to a home in the 900 block of Wisconsin Avenue for reports of a fire. An off-duty department captain […]

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Accidental kitchen fire damages apartment; over $100K in damages

RACINE — An accidental fire in a kitchen caused more than $100,000 in damages to a Layard Avenue apartment on Saturday. No one was injured. The Racine Fire Department was called to 2250 Layard Avenue at about 11:50 a.m. for an alarm sounding in a second-floor apartment. Firefighters found that the sprinkler system had extinguished […]

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Structure fire in vacant building leaves $25K in damages, none injured

RACINE — The cause of a Monday afternoon structure fire to a vacant building under construction remains under investigation. Lt. Michael Moss of the Racine Fire Department said Tuesday the cause currently is listed as “undetermined,” while investigators continue to piece things together. Structure fire on High Street According to a press release, Fire Department […]

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Early morning hit-and-run car accident injures 3

RACINE — An early morning hit-and-run car accident involving two vehicles injured three people, including two children. The hit-and-run happened shortly after midnight on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the intersection of West Street and N. Memorial Drive. “It looks really bad, but there don’t appear to be any serious injuries,” said Racine Police Sgt. Stevens. […]

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Several area high schools put on lockdown; situation deemed hoax

KENOSHA, MILWAUKEE and RACINE — Numerous high schools went on lockdown Thursday morning after a person claiming to be a teacher called the schools saying that students had been shot. Law enforcement officials say the calls were a hoax. When they arrived on the scene, officers cleared the building and found no active shooters or […]

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Man, firefighter injured in house fire Monday afternoon, $50K in damages

RACINE — A man received burns and a firefighter had a minor hand injury in a house fire in the 2000 block of North Wisconsin Street on Monday afternoon, according to a Racine Fire Department (RFD) report. Firefighter, resident injured Firefighters were called to the scene about 1 p.m. They found that the first-floor bedroom […]

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100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week celebrated by Racine Fire Department with message, events

RACINE — The Racine Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15). This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign message is: ‘Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.’ “Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or […]

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Racine Fire Department wins $2.7 million federal grant to hire 9 new firefighters

RACINE — The Racine Fire Department has been awarded a $2,743,227 competitive grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funds will be used to hire nine new firefighters. The program, called Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER), was created to provide funding directly to fire departments to help them increase […]

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Hot coals blamed for West Boulevard garage fire, $45K in damages

RACINE –  Hot coals placed in a garbage bin were blamed for a fire that damaged a garage and two vehicles at 1329 West Blvd. on Saturday. The fire also caused the neighborhood’s electric power to be temporarily shut down, according to the Racine Fire Department (RFD). Firefighters were called to a detached two-car garage […]

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Newborn Safe Haven laws posted by Racine Fire Department

The Racine Fire Department is encouraging all citizens of the City of Racine to familiarize themselves with Newborn Safe Haven laws (Wis. Admin. Code § DCF 39.10). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the highest risk for infant homicide is on the day of birth. Newborn Safe Haven laws were created […]

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Fire damages St. Claire Street home; $73K in damages, no injuries

RACINE – A home on St. Claire Street was heavily damaged by fire Friday afternoon, according to the Racine Fire Department (RFD). There were no injuries. St. Claire Street house fire Firefighters were called to 3637 St. Clair Street at about 4:24 p.m. on a report of smoke coming from a second-floor window. Upon arrival, […]

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House fire on Grand Avenue: $65k in damages, residents displaced

RACINE — On Monday afternoon, the Racine Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 906 Grand Ave. The single-family residence sustained considerable damage and was left uninhabitable at this time. At 5:42 p.m., a total of 21 personnel, including firefighters, a rescue squad, a fire chief, and a fire investigator from […]

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State of the City: Mayor Mason praises Evers, ARPA funding

RACINE – Mayor Cory Mason, delivering his annual State of the City address on Tuesday evening, was effusive in his praise to Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and the funding the city has received through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). “This is the 16th year I have had the privilege to represent the City […]

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National Night Out: a neighbors-to-neighbors evening

RACINE – Racine’s 31st National Night Out (NNO) brought neighbors together at 28 locations throughout the city on Tuesday. Organized locally by the nonprofit Racine Neighborhood Watch organization, NNO is a nationwide, annual community-building campaign – held on the first Tuesday of August – that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to help make neighborhoods […]

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