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  • Three injured in blast at 'small' oil facility

    January 20, 2017 3:39 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - Three workers sustained injuries after an explosion at an oil storage tank facility Friday. The blast happened at a group of storage tanks on River Road downriver from White Castle but before Donaldsonville. Sources said the incident was in the 33000 block of La. 405. A... more »
  • Car driven over curb, into building Monday

    January 9, 2017 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 68-year-old woman put her foot on the wrong pedal and drove her car into the front of a business Monday around lunch. Emergency crews were dispatched to the 8300 block of Florida just after 1 p.m. where someone drove into the front of Buddy's Home... more »
  • Red Cross calls UK hospital crowding a "humanitarian crisis"

    January 7, 2017 9:00 AM

    LONDON - The British Red Cross says overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms has become a "humanitarian crisis." The charity says it has dispatched volunteers to help patients go home and free up hospital beds. It claims cuts to social-care funding by the Conservative government mean some patients can't be discharged... more »
  • Overturned semi snarls traffic on I-10; lane reopened

    December 20, 2016 10:26 AM

    GRAMERCY – A box truck overturned and blocked traffic for hours between LaPlace and Baton Rouge Tuesday morning. Delays reached about two miles, although drivers were slowing around LaPlace. A picture posted to the State Police Facebook page showed the semi on its side, blocking at least one... more »
  • Home flooded in August struck by lightning and burned Tuesday Play Video

    December 13, 2016 6:18 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – A family working to rebuild their life now has another disaster to deal with after their home was struck by lightning and caught on fire Tuesday. Firefighters had to do CPR on one of the family's dogs. The pet survived. Fire crews were dispatched to... more »
  • Police identify two 23-year-olds killed after driver attempts to drive around RxR arms

    December 13, 2016 3:43 PM

    NATALBANY – Louisiana State Police have identified two 23-year-old men as the victims who died in a collision with a train north of Hammond Tuesday. State Police said the crash claimed the lives of Colton Williams, 23, and Justin Lang, 23. Both were residents of Tickfaw. The wreck... more »
  • Thursday night house fire on Parkview started from fire place Play Video

    December 8, 2016 10:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire crews had to deal with a difficult blaze that engulfed a home in the Broadmoor area Thursday night. Everyone escaped the fire in the 9500 block of North Parkview Drive. Firefighters found flames shooting from the roof when they arrived just after 8:30.According to the... more »
  • Airplane was more nuisance than emergency Tuesday

    December 6, 2016 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A small snafu was more nuisance than emergency at the airport Tuesday afternoon. A corporate jet ran into the grass while taxiing after landing at the airport shortly after lunch. The jet turned too sharply and ran off the runway, an airport spokesperson said. As... more »
  • More charges for suspect in deputy involved shooting

    December 6, 2016 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators have identified the suspect shot during a deputy involved shooting Tuesday afternoon. George Michael Pikes, 23, was charged with distribution of heroin, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, aggravated flight from an officer and two counts of criminal damage to property . More charges could... more »
  • Sugar cane burn tripped power line, may have contributed to Dow leak Friday

    December 5, 2016 3:02 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Entergy said Monday it is investigating if a trip on an off-campus line in the area of Dow Chemical contributed to a loss of power at the plant Friday which caused a chlorine leak. Entergy released a statement when contacted by WBRZ. Monday, elected officials told WBRZ... more »
  • Dow issues update, says facility is secure Play Video

    December 2, 2016 4:22 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The DOW's facility in Plaquemine is now secure, according to a statement released by DOW Saturday, Dec. 3. The full statement reads: " Dow’s facility in Plaquemine is secure after a power interruption Friday afternoon. Utilities and steam continue to come online at... more »
  • Bluebonnet Blvd. reopens following building fire

    November 29, 2016 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic was blocked on Bluebonnet in front of the Mall of Louisiana due to a building fire on Tuesday morning. Firefighters responded to the Burger King shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday for a fire. Heavy smoke filled the air around the building. Firefighters found the fire... more »
  • Fiery, early morning crash kills driver in EBR

    November 24, 2016 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 33-year-old man died in a fiery crash on La. 30 just outside city limits before sunrise Thursday. State Police said David Breland III, 33, was killed in the crash. State Police said Breland, of Baton Rouge, was northbound on La. 30 when he crossed into... more »
  • Crash prompts I-10 closure Thursday morning

    November 24, 2016 10:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The holiday wasn't immune to traffic troubles; I-10 closed for a portion of the morning after a crash near Ward Creek. People reported on traffic apps there was a wreck on both the eastbound and westbound lanes. The westbound wreck was more severe - causing a... more »
  • Exxon continues operations after fire injures five Tuesday Play Video

    November 22, 2016 5:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five people were injured in a fire at the Exxon refinery on Scenic Highway Tuesday afternoon. Around 4 p.m., numerous ambulance crews, firefighters and the Baton Rouge Fire Department HAZMAT team were called to the plant. Exxon fire crews were able to put the fire out,... more »
  • 19-year-old arrested after argument leads to deadly stabbing in rural EBR

    November 16, 2016 10:11 AM

    PRIDE - One man has been arrested after a person was killed in an argument aftert a night of drinking. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrived on scene to the 19600 block of Liberty Road around 3:40 a.m. Wednesday morning. Detectives learned that 19-year-old Brennan David Hebert... more »
  • Edwards promotes awareness of 'move over' law for safety

    November 14, 2016 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards, highway officials and law enforcement agencies are promoting Louisiana's "move over" law. The law requires motorists to change lanes, if possible, when approaching emergency or police vehicles on the shoulder of a highway, or to at least slow down. The law is aimed... more »
  • Minor injuries reported in ATV crash at LSU

    November 1, 2016 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – There were only minor injuries reported in vehicle crash outside Tiger Stadium Tuesday, although it appeared at least one person was loaded into an ambulance. Rescuers were called to the intersection just outside the stadium on Nicholson where a pickup truck collided with an ATV. Pictures... more »
  • Boat crash in swamp injures woman Wednesday

    October 26, 2016 2:22 PM

    BUTTE LA ROSE - A woman was injured when a boat crashed in the Atchafalaya Basin Wednesday. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said game wardens responded to the wreck. A single vessel ran into a bank along the Atchafalaya River near Butte La Rose in St. Martin... more »
  • Police: Husband lit wife on fire during argument

    October 25, 2016 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man accused of lighting his wife on fire during an argument. John Emmett Harleaux, 28, was booked into jail Tuesday after a month-long search. Harleaux was booked into jail on domestic abuse battery by burning charges. Booking information showed the charge is classified... more »
  • Cause of massive apartment fire may never be found

    October 25, 2016 3:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local fire investigators said while they are certain there was no human involvement in a massive apartment fire, the cause remains undetermined because of the destruction. The Cobblestone Apartments caught on fire on October 6. Two buildings were destroyed along with as many as five vehicles.... more »
  • RV fire slows traffic on I-10 Tuesday

    October 25, 2016 2:15 PM

    GONZALES - A large camper fire closed lanes of I-10 in Ascension Parish after lunch Tuesday. Twitter user @jonsmith4040 shared a picture of an older-model RV engulfed in flames. The fire seemed to have burned up the entire front part of the camper but smoke was pouring from either... more »
  • Man accused of dialing 911 42 times in two days

    October 21, 2016 3:03 PM

    Baton Rouge – A Baton Rouge man was charged with improper use of 911 after police say he called the emergency number 42 times over a two-day span. According to arrest records, officers were dispatched to 48-year-old Fredrick Wright’s home Thursday after he dialed 911 on a cell phone.... more »
  • VIDEO: Airline Highway reopened after crews wrangle escaped cows following crash Play Video

    October 11, 2016 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A mishap involving a truck and trailer with cows closed Airline Highway south of I-12 Tuesday. Both lanes of Airline Highway southbound were closed at Sherwood Commons. A turn lane on Airline northbound was blocked and traffic was slowing as people driving by looked at the... more »
  • Investigators will interview injured in probe of Warrior Dash collapse Play Video

    October 10, 2016 7:17 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Fire Marshal investigators will meet with an injured girl and her father as the state continues its investigation into the collapse of a piece of an obstacle course. Saturday , sixteen people were hurt when a wooden structure that was part of the course on the... more »
  • Woman tied up, left in bathroom during strong-armed robbery Friday morning Play Video

    October 7, 2016 11:41 AM

    CENTRAL - Sheriff's deputies spent the morning investigating a call for help from a woman who said she was tied up by some strong-armed robbers Friday morning. The victim said there was a knock on the door of her home in the 13000 block of Northeast Lane around 9:30... more »
  • Train, vehicle collision in Satsuma area

    October 5, 2016 4:19 PM

    SATSUMA - Authorities responded to a vehicle-train collision Wednesday afternoon in Livingston Parish. The town of Livingston Fire Department responded to the crash at the crossing on Cane Market Road where Cane Market meets Florida Boulevard. Authorities advised drivers in the area to be cautious as emergency crews work... more »
  • Debris worker rescued after getting stranded on lift equipment

    October 4, 2016 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A worker at a debris site had to be rescued by firefighters after the lift equipment they were on got stuck in the air. Specifics about the worker were not released. The rescue happened at the FEMA site on Old Perkins Road around 4:40 Tuesday afternoon.... more »
  • Grass fire, wreck slow traffic Monday

    October 3, 2016 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A grass fire and some vehicle crashes slowed the lunchtime commute through the city Monday. First, I-110 Southbound was closed following a crash just before lunch. Traffic quickly started backing up toward downtown exits. The wreck was outside the view of traffic cameras, but cameras showed... more »
  • Tanker spews liquid nitrogen on La. highway Saturday morning

    October 1, 2016 10:22 AM

    JEANERETTE - Highway 90 closed Saturday morning south of New Iberia and north of Morgan City after a truck carrying liquid nitrogen spewed its load. The spill was in the area of Pepper Road. Both directions of the highway were closed shortly after sunrise. Service roads were also closed,... more »
  • Central Fire investigating blaze at home on Gurney Road

    September 29, 2016 9:39 PM

    CENTRAL - Central Fire Department is investigating a house fire on Gurney Road Thursday. Officials say the blaze started just after 6:00 p.m. When crews first arrived, they say they saw visible flames coming through the roof. It took nearly 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.... more »
  • Man found dead in Baton Rouge building crawl space Friday

    September 23, 2016 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pest control worker was found dead in a crawl space of a shopping center in a busy shopping district of the city Friday afternoon. Sources told WBRZ, the 31-year-old unidentified man went into the space of a building near the corner of Lobdell and Jefferson... more »
  • Governor Edwards announces ER in north BR, Council member slams plans

    September 21, 2016 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards detailed Wednesday on Our Lady of the Lake’s plans to bring a new emergency room to north Baton Rouge. The new emergency room is set to be built at the LSU Health Baton Rouge North Clinic on Airline Highway. OLOL plans to... more »
  • Mayor, officials discuss on-going flood recovery in EBR

    September 12, 2016 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish officials discussed the on-going flood recovery effort Monday with media. The mayor joined top city advisers - from emergency response officers to environmental experts on the city's recovery efforts. Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie thanked the officers of the police... more »
  • Quake rocks parts of Oklahoma, Texas and the Plains Saturday morning

    September 3, 2016 9:14 AM

    PAWNEE , Oklahoma - A 5.6-magnitude earthquake was reported Saturday morning in this rural Oklahoma town along I-35. The quake was recorded just after 7 a.m. People reported feeling shakes as far away as Dallas, Texas, Kansas City and North Dakota. Video I shot of the cameras... more »
  • WATCH: Incredible video shows WBRZ news crew rescuing woman from burning car Play Video

    August 30, 2016 12:24 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A WBRZ photographer and other good Samaritans helped rescue a woman from a burning car on Highway 63 Tuesday morning. A 21-year-old woman, 7-months pregnant was driving on Highway 63 near Highway 444 when she apparently lost control, ran off the road and crashed into trees... more »
  • MREs, water available in EBR until further notice

    August 20, 2016 10:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE – City-parish officials are making supplies available to parish residents until further notice. Points of Distribution, or POD, centers will open at Miracle Place Church, Healing Place Church, First Pentecostal Church and the Greenwell Springs Library. The National Guard will distribute MREs, water and ice. Soldiers... more »
  • EBR schools return a week from today

    August 17, 2016 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System will reopen for students Wednesday. Teachers should report back to campuses Monday and Tuesday, the superintendent said in a live TV interview during continuous coverage on WBRZ Channel 2. Nine schools sustained some sort of flooding - Glen Oaks... more »
  • BREC opens five emergency camps for children while school is out

    August 17, 2016 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE – While school is still out and parents across East Baton Rouge Parish are returning to work, the BREC team has opened five emergency camps for children across the parish. Camps are being held at the following locations: Cedar Ridge Park,13300 Cedar Ridge Drive, 70817 Independence... more »
  • Neighbors say woman died after car swept away by high water

    August 14, 2016 9:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff’s deputies say divers recovered the body of a woman inside of a flooded vehicle on Northridge at North Hampton on Sunday. EBRSO deputies said they were notified of high water by the Brownsfield Fire Department and dive teams responded to investigate. Divers discovered a vehicle... more »
  • Wrecks, construction slow Saturday drivers on I-10

    August 6, 2016 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A car flipped into the ravine between I-10 westbound and the adjacent neighborhood just after the Perkins overpass Saturday morning. The four-door sedan was upside down near the tree line. Numerous drivers stopped to help until first responders arrived. The crash happend just before 10 a.m.... more »
  • Two hurt when car crashed through store Wednesday

    August 3, 2016 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two people were injured when an SUV crashed into a Family Dollar store after lunch Wednesday. The sheriff's office is handling the investigation into the crash at 13559 Old Hammond Highway. WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington reported in a Facebook video report from... more »
  • 10-year-old one of two victims in separate pool-related incidents Monday

    August 1, 2016 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A ten-year-old was one of two victims in pool-related accidents Monday afternoon. Around 4:30, 911 calls were made about possible drownings on Burbank and another at the Southern Oaks Athletic Club on Shenandoah near Jones Creek. Ambulance leaving apartment complex with 10 yr old... more »
  • Firefighter treated at scene of blaze Monday

    August 1, 2016 4:42 PM

    ZACHARY - A firefighter was treated for becoming overheated at the scene of a large house fire Monday. The blaze was at a construction site where a home was being built. The fire started after 3 p.m. The two-alarm fire began in the attic of a home on... more »
  • Car fire closes I-12 overnight

    July 3, 2016 12:32 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - I-12 closed overnight as authorities worked a crash where a vehicle caught on fire. Sunday morning, ActionNews17 reported on its Facebook page what appeared to be a van burst into flames. I-12 was closed for a portion of the night as Livingston Fire District 5, Walker... more »
  • New emergency response boat comes to Livingston Parish Play Video

    July 2, 2016 11:39 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - The latest weapons to fight fires on the waters in Livingston Parish Fire District 2 was built to take a beating. The new aluminum fire fighting boat can pump water by the tons and is fully equipped to save lives. "It's a strong hull. I knew... more »
  • Fire reported overnight at chemical plant

    July 2, 2016 9:47 AM

    ADDIS - Emergency responders reported an overnight fire at a plant, but could not provide much information about the incident Saturday. Fire crews and ambulances were sent to a plant on La. 1 near the West Baton Rouge/Iberville Parish line around midnight. An emergency preparedness official reached later Saturday... more »
  • Heat-related illnessness numbers on the rise

    June 30, 2016 10:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 10 days into summer and Baton Rouge EMS says it's seeing an increase in heat-related calls. With a high Thursday of 94 and a "feel like" temperature of 100, EMT Brad Harris says he's been busy. "People are out more, they're enjoying themselves and... more »
  • Child killed in crash on west side, driver charged Play Video

    June 27, 2016 2:49 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – A child was killed in a car crash that injured as many as eight others near Jack Miller Landing Monday. Authorities said Asha Cooper, 9, was killed in the crash. The driver of a small SUV the child was riding in was charged with negligent homicide and... more »
  • One taken to hospital after reported double shooting

    June 13, 2016 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One person was taken to an area hospital after a shooting just before 10 p.m. Monday. Police responded to an initial call that two people had been shot at 3135 Madison between Plank and North Acadian Thruway. Only one person was taken to the emergency room,... more »
  • Coroner: Baby's death ruled accident after left in hot car Play Video

    June 8, 2016 1:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – According to East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark, the baby that was left in a hot car accidentally by her father died of “hyperthermia” or an elevated body temperature. The baby’s death has been ruled an accident by the coroner’s office. The father of an eight-month-old... more »

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