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Fitchburg apartment fire damage estimated at $500K

Damage to a Fitchburg apartment building was estimated at $500,000 after a fire early Saturday, fire officials said.

The Fitchburg Fire Department said it responded to a report of a structure fire at 4395 Crescent Road at 2:26 a.m. Police had been first on the scene and reported heavy fire and smoke showing from an balcony.

Firefighters found that flames had extended into the attic and burned through the building's roof.

Four of the eight residential units in the condo building sustained extensive fire damage, according to the report. The fire was stopped at a firewall in the middle of the building.

Officials said there were no injuries reported. One cat was rescued and is in the care of its owner, firefighters said.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting the displaced residents, Fitchburg said.

The city of Fitchburg Fire Investigation Team is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

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Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

Officials investigate claims in body-burning letter

It's been almost a year since 18-year-old Aprina Paul's death. As her family plans an anniversary to celebrate her life, the man convicted of burning her body is claiming in a letter to the family that he is innocent.

"At this point it doesn't seem to be legitimate, his claims," said Capt. Todd Christiansen, Rock County Sheriff's Department.

Christiansen said this is not the first time Nathan Middleton has tried to claim his innocence. However, it is the first time Paul's family has been contacted by him.

The sheriff's department said it wants to make sure Paul's family knows the right person was convicted.

"We were familiar with who he is naming in that letter (as the killer)," Christiansen said. "We've been in contact with him and there was no physical evidence at the time to link the him with the house where Aprina's remains were found."

Neighborhood meeting to focus on nonprofit food-growing org

The Park Commission is considering a proposal to allow Fitchburg Fields, a nonprofit organization that grows produce for area food pantries, to relocate to a portion of a parcel of land attached to Greenfield Park for its operations come springtime.

A neighborhood meeting will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the senior center, 5510 Lacy Road. ... Read More

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Library to host Halloween hunt, show 'ParaNorman' movie

The library will host a Halloween event this weekend including a magician and a movie.

The Fitchburg Public Library and Friends of Fitchburg Library will be hosting the seventh annual Great Halloween Hunt on Saturday from 6-9:30 p.m. at the library on Lacy Road.

Organizers said activities will include a scavenger hunt, crafts, games, a magic show, balloon twisters and a movie.

The scavenger hunt is planned from 6-8 p.m., and the movie "ParaNorman," rated PG, is scheduled to be shown at 8 p.m.

 

Oregon-Fitchburg rail line gets reactivated

Freight trains will begin operating this month on the rail line that runs through Fitchburg. It will be the first time since 1997 that a freight hauler has used the line.

The Common Council on Sept. 23 approved a temporary licensing agreement with Wisconsin & Southern Railroad so the company can begin using the rail line this fall.

The line is being activated so that Lycon Inc., which last year built a Ready Mix Concrete plant in Oregon’s Alpine Business Park, can get deliveries of aggregate via rail as opposed to large over-the-road trucks... Read More

Council votes down electronic McKee billboard

City of Fitchburg Common Council members affirmed a decision to not allow an electronic billboard on McKee Road. The Fitchburg Star said alders unanimously denied an appeal by the company requesting the installation... Read More