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  • Second space heater related blaze over weekend

    March 8, 2015 12:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire officials blame a space heater for the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Baton Rouge Sunday morning. The fire happened around 10:36 a.m. at a home where two people lived on 1024 North 28 St. Fire fighters say a family pet... more »
  • One dead in fire suspected to be caused by space heater

    March 8, 2015 12:10 PM

    ROSEDALE - A man is dead after a fire broke out at his home in Iberville Parish. Fire officials say they found multiple space heaters throughout the home on 78755 Rosedale Road where 64-year-old Curtis Trosclair lived. The fire happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Investigators say they found... more »
  • Plantation destroyed by fire

    November 22, 2013 11:27 AM

    ARABI - A plantation in St. Bernard Parish has been destroyed by an early morning fire. The LeBeau Plantation in is an Old Arabi landmark built in the 1850's and was one of the largest plantaions south of New Orleans. Firefighters were called to the plantation around 2 a.m.... more »
  • Halliburton has incentive to cut another deal

    July 26, 2013 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton has resolved a Justice Department criminal probe of its role in the Gulf oil spill by agreeing to pay a $200,000 fine and admitting it destroyed evidence, but the company still has a powerful incentive to cut another deal with businesses and residents. The plea agreement... more »
  • Calif. wildfire growing as mountain town evacuates

    July 19, 2013 10:16 AM

    IDYLLWILD, Calif. - A Southern California wildfire that destroyed seven homes and cabins in the mountains above Palm Springs is growing in size and now firefighters are keeping an eye on the weather. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kate Kramer says the fire grew overnight to around 24,818 acres - roughly... more »
  • Thunderstorms, hail slow Oklahoma tornado cleanup

    May 23, 2013 8:16 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A band of thunderstorms is battering the Oklahoma City area and slowing cleanup operations in the southern suburb where a tornado killed 24 people and destroyed thousands of homes earlier this week. The National Weather Service said Thursday that the storms are producing hail, heavy rain... more »
  • Building destroyed, RVs flipped during strong storms

    May 22, 2013 3:02 PM

    MORGAN CITY - Police in Morgan City said strong storms and a possible tornado damaged businesses and RVs this afternoon. Police said they received several reports of strong winds and hail starting around noon, along with tornado reports. They responded to several complaints of downed trees and power lines,... more »
  • Okla. City mayor: Up to 13K homes hit by tornado

    May 22, 2013 12:41 PM

    MOORE, Okla. - Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says 12,000 to 13,000 homes were affected by the tornado that tore through a city suburb. At least 24 people died when the tornado laid waste to Moore on Monday afternoon. The Oklahoma Insurance Department says the financial cost of the tornado... more »
  • Kids rescued from rubble at Okla. elementary

    May 20, 2013 4:02 PM

    MOORE, Okla. - Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb. An Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled out of what was left of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday after a massive tornado... more »
  • Oops, history bulldozed for stones

    May 13, 2013 7:53 PM

    BELIZE CITY, BELIZE- A pyramid built by the Mayans 2,300 years ago was reduced to rubble in Belize by a construction company that wanted to extract the rock and stones for a new road. Only a small portion of the pyramid mound was left standing. The head of the Belize... more »
  • Fire burns vacant house, spreads to 2 others

    March 13, 2013 10:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A house caught on fire and flames spread to two neighboring homes Wednesday evening. Fire fighters were called to a house on Heartwood Drive, off Millerville. A second home home was damaged by the heat of the flames. At the third, flames jumped into a second... more »
  • More Christmas vandals on the loose in Ascension

    December 20, 2012 11:17 PM

    DUTCHTOWN- More Christmas vandals are wanted in Ascension Parish. The sheriff's office said people destroyed holiday decorations in the Moss Pointe Subdivision. It's the second set of attacks this season. Last week, three teens were arrested. They were accused of another vandalism spree where thousands of dollars worth... more »
  • Home valued at $1.5M a total loss in fire

    October 24, 2012 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters said a million-dollar Baton Rouge home is a total loss after a fire this afternoon. Curt Monte with Baton Rouge Fire said the fire at the home on Rue Bienvenue was already into the roof when they arrived. They estimated the home to be worth... more »
  • Gator population increase causes problems for local fishermen

    August 15, 2012 10:52 AM

    HENDERSON, LA - Alligators are causing big problems for fishermen in the Henderson area. The gators are destroying hoop nets set out by local fishermen. Fishermen say an increase in the gator population around the area is at the center of the problem. The Louisiana Department of... more »
  • Landmark pie factory destroyed in New Orleans

    July 27, 2012 7:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A five-alarm fire has destroyed a factory which had made hand-sized fried pies since 1922. Fire Superintendent Charles Parent tells local media outlets that Hubig's Pies factory is a total loss. Nearby homes were also singed by the flames; no injuries were reported. Parent... more »
  • Mayor: Colorado Springs fire destroys 346 homes

    June 28, 2012 5:27 PM

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The mayor of Colorado Springs says a raging wildfire has destroyed an estimated 346 homes, making the blaze the most destructive in state history. Mayor Steve Bach says city officials assessed the damage and that it was subject to change as they get more information. It... more »
  • Historic B&B in Natchitoches destroyed by fire

    June 19, 2012 2:43 PM

    NATCHITOCHES - A fire broke out at the Natchitoches' Levy East Bed and Breakfast, gutting the historic structure. It happened about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday and took firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control. One firefighter suffered minor injuries. Authorities do not believe anyone was inside when the... more »
  • School damaged by Katrtina gets new science lab

    January 29, 2012 10:14 AM

    LULING, La.- Nearly seven years after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the land lab at Luling Elementary School soon will be replaced. Reports the science lab was damaged by wind when Katrina struck in August 2005. John Rome, executive director of physical plant services for the school system, said... more »
  • Library destroyed in Katrina reopens Tuesday

    December 27, 2011 5:40 AM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The Lakeshore branch library reopens Tuesday to the public, with a grand opening celebration set for Jan. 7. The rebuilt 7,700-square-foot library in Metairie will house more than 28,000 new items, including books, digital video discs, magazines and reference materials. The new facility replaces the library... more »
  • Festival goes on in where destroyed church stood

    October 17, 2011 11:56 AM

    HOUMA - An arts festival that traditionally has been hosted at the site of Houma's St. Matthew's Episcopal Church went on over the weekend, even though the historic church building is gone. The landmark church was destroyed by fire last year. But the "Just for Kids at Art" festival... more »
  • Firefighters leave Baton Rouge for Alabama

    May 2, 2011 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rescuers sifting through the rubble in Alabama will get help from 150 volunteers from Louisiana who made the trip to the storm-ravaged area today. Among the volunteers are 25 firefighters that are part of the Urban Search and Rescue Team. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said... more »
  • Business destroyed, another damaged in early morning fire

    May 1, 2011 9:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Fire destroyed a business and damaged a neighboring business on Choctaw Drive early this morning. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, the fire started at General Hardware and Plumbing and spread to Dell Radio and TV Service. The blaze also destroyed a boat parked at a... more »
  • Tornado, floods kill 7 in Arkansas

    April 26, 2011 10:57 AM

    VILONIA, Ark. - A tornado tore through a small central Arkansas town, killing four people and leaving the governor wondering Tuesday how so many others managed to survive. The night of brutal storms killed at least seven people in the state. Rescue crews combed the tornado-battered wreckage of Vilonia... more »
  • Family of 10 displaced after house fire

    February 6, 2011 12:34 PM

    A family of 10 is homeless after a fire spread through the attic and destroyed their home. It happened in 28000 block of Greenwell Springs Road late Saturday night. According to the Pride Volunteer Fire Department, all the family members got out of the home safe. Investigators have... more »
  • Two homes damaged in Thanksgiving fire

    November 25, 2010 5:02 PM

    CENTRAL - One home was destroyed and another had minor damage after a chemical fire earlier this afternoon in Central. Firefighters said the fire started in the garage of a home on North Oak Drive, and the wind carried it to the home next door, which is owned by... more »
  • Fire destroys town homes in Carencro

    November 25, 2010 11:01 AM

    CARENCRO – Ten units in Lafayette Parish were destroyed in an apartment fire overnight. Several departments were called to the town homes on Desoto Road around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to assist with extinguishing the fire. An estimated 70 firefighters were working the scene at one point, but the fire still... more »
  • Cause of Houma church fire could take weeks to determine

    November 11, 2010 7:34 PM

    HOUMA - Inspectors say it could take weeks to complete their investigation of what caused an early morning fire which destroyed St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in downtown Houma. But church officials said there is no question that they will rebuild. "We're not sure what it will look like, but... more »
  • Fire destroys Bastrop manufacturing facility

    November 7, 2010 4:40 PM

    BASTROP, La.- A fire has destroyed one of the main industries in Bastrop. The News Star reports that a fire spread through Southern Plug and Manufacturing on Friday, burning for nearly 12 hours. General Manager Bob Green says that roughly 90 percent of the facility was gone, and... more »
  • Judge orders pit bull killed after biting boy

    October 11, 2010 3:14 PM

    A Lafourche Parish judge has ruled that a pit bull that bit a 12-year-old boy without provocation must die. The Comet reports that the dog's owner, Marie Bermudez, agreed to the order handed down Monday by Judge Walt Lanier. The dog named Duke bit the boy's thigh as he rode... more »

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