Wayne mutza

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9 dramatic Milwaukee fire photos

Published Feb. 9, 2015

We asked retired Milwaukee firefighter Wayne Mutza - who has also authored books on the history of and his time with the Milwaukee Fire Dept. - about some of the most dramatic fires in Milwaukee history. Here, Mutza - whose brother Dale Mutza photographed many Milwaukee fire scenes - shares nine of them.

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Urban Spelunking: Metropolitan Block

Published Jan. 28, 2015

The fire that destroyed the Metropolitan Block - described as "the equal to any building in the country" - was a sad reality, despite my own foggy memories of it.

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Former firefighter tames "The Flame Within"

Published April 28, 2013

Former Milwaukee firefighter Wayne Mutza has published more than two dozen books. While his many previous works focus on firefighting equipment and on military history, in his new book, "The Flame Within," Mutza looks at his own life as a firefighter.