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Firefighters fight fire, explosions in garage

Firefighters battled a fire and explosions in cold temperatures in the town of Springfield on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were called to 7419 Riles Rd. at about 6:30 a.m. for a report of a structure fire.

Middleton Fire Chief Aaron Harris said the fire was in an unattached garage. He said that when they arrived, they saw explosions caused by fuel tanks, air bags and other fuel cans.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said the structure was used to store several vehicles, tools and other equipment.

Cold made it hard to use equipment and water was freezing. Additional crews were brought in to assist.

Harris said crews can stay warm with protective gear, but with flowing water equipment is bound to freeze up.

"Our rehab team is on scene to make sure our firefighters are being taken care of; rotating them in and out as much as possible," Harris said.

No one was injured.

Dane Buy Local comes to Fitchburg, Middleton

Dane Buy Local comes to Fitchburg, Middleton

Dane Buy Local is expanding to Fitchburg and the city of Middleton in January.

Dane Buy Local is a nonprofit program that is dedicated to creating a sustainable and local economy. It was founded in 2004 and now has more than 800 members. The groups says it is the biggest buy local organization in the country on a city/county-wide scale.

“We are very pleased to see the support from a growing number of area municipalities around Dane County," said Dane Buy Local Executive Director Colin Murray. "This is a sign from our city and county leaders of support for all locally owned businesses."

Dane County was the first government to join the organization and it was followed by the city of Monona last year.

Fitchburg's mayor says joining the nonprofit will help the city's local businesses.

You can learn more about Dane Buy Local here.

Power outage hits Cross Plains middle school

Power outage hits Cross Plains middle school

Glacier Creek Middle School in Cross Plains has been without power since 9 a.m.

Middleton-Cross Plains school district spokesman Perry Hibner said a tripped breaker in the school's generator resulted in the power outage.

Officials let parents pick up their children at school and take them home for the day. Students that remained were taken to Kromrey Middle School in Middleton.

Students who ride the bus home from Glacier Creek were taken home via bus, but they may have arrived a little later than usual. Students who normally walk home were released from Kromrey 15 minutes early and taken back to Glacier Creek.

Officials expect to have a normal day of class on Tuesday, but if not, more communications will be sent to Glacier Creek parents Monday night.

Middleton officer injured in rear-end crash

A Middleton police officer was injured when a squad car was struck during a crash investigation Monday morning.

Middleton police said officers were investigating a crash on Highway 12 at University Avenue at 8:25 a.m. when a vehicle struck one of two squad cars at the scene. An officer was in the squad car that was struck. Both squad cars had emergency lights activated when the crash happened, police said.

The officer suffered minor injuries. No one else was injured.

The driver who struck the squad car was cited for driving too fast for conditions.
Police remind motorists to slow down when you see emergency vehicles in the road.

Vehicle left warming up stolen, found abandoned after chase

A vehicle stolen when it was left warming up was later found abandoned on Madison?s north side with the driver fleeing, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said a 62-year-old woman saw the man get into her vehicle at 500 Banding Lane and drive off at about 7:20 a.m. Officers spotted the vehicle about 30 minutes later near Gammon Road and the Beltline. There was a short pursuit and the vehicle fled into Middleton.

The vehicle was spotted again 20 minutes later on Madison?s north side. Officers said the driver abandoned the vehicle on Tennyson Lane and ran away.

Officers were unable to find the driver.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Madison Police Department or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Middleton tied for 3rd in AP prep girls basketball poll

Here is The Associated Press Wisconsin prep basketball poll for the week of Dec. 29, with first-place votes in parentheses, record, total points and last week?s ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters:

2 seriously injured in drunken-driving crash

Two people were seriously injured in a drunken-driving crash near Cross Plains Saturday night, deputies say.

Around 10:45 p.m. Dane County sheriff?s deputies responded to a single-vehicle vs. tree crash off of Airport Road at Enchanted Valley Road in the town of Cross Plains, according to a release.

David Yang, 25, of Madison, was driving a 1993 Honda Civic coupe west on Airport Road, investigators said. Yang was speeding and failed to negotiated a curve and hit a tree.

Yang was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency crews, according to the release. Yang?s passenger, Sonny T. Hang, 22, of McFarland, was also extricated from the vehicle.

Yang was transported to UW Hospital for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said. He faces a tentative charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing injury, and citations for operating left of center, failure to maintain control and not having insurance.