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  • Early morning fire destroyed BR business

    October 21, 2017 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE – An electrical fire destroyed a convenience store overnight. Firefighters found flames shooting from the roof of the Z Food Mart on N Sherwood Forest north of Florida around 5 o'clock Saturday morning. Fire crews were able to control the fire and extinguish it but not before... more »
  • Fire reported at Baton Rouge burger joint Monday

    October 16, 2017 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters were called to a reported fire at a burger restaurant Monday afternoon. Smoke was seen around the Backyard Burger inside the Siegen Lane Marketplace development around 4:30. Firefighters were on the scene but have not provided specifics about what happened. The smoke appeared to... more »
  • Firefighters notice smoke, find house on fire in Ogden Park

    October 13, 2017 10:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters stumbled upon a house fire after leaving another call Friday morning. Firefighters noticed smoke and found a home on Ogden Drive across from Baton Rouge High ablaze. Firefighters said there was heavy fire on the first floor of the two-story home. They quickly got... more »
  • Grease fire temporarily closes local chicken joint

    September 26, 2017 9:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Firefighters from the Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a early morning fire at a local Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen. The call came in at 7:51 a.m for a fire at 10706 Florida Boulevard. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find a fire in the kitchen. The... more »
  • Early morning fire destroys home on Fig Street Play Video

    September 26, 2017 7:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Firefighters from the Baton Rouge Fire Department battled the blaze of a house fire early this morning. The fire took place at 1263 Fig Street. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the home engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading... more »
  • St. Amant boudin business catches fire Friday Play Video

    September 22, 2017 6:43 PM

    ST. AMANT – Firefighters were on the scene of a fire at LeBlanc's Cajun Boudin earlier this evening. Numerous fire crews were dispatched on the scene to control the blaze. Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the business. According to the cheif of police, the fire took... more »
  • Fire destroys vacant home on S. Amite Drive

    September 19, 2017 7:51 AM

    UPDATE: Around 5 p.m. Tuesday evening, fire investigators returned to the house and have determined the cause of the fire to be electrical and not arson. BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating the arson of a vacant home on the 16000 block of South Amite... more »
  • One-year-old dies trapped inside burning New Orleans home

    September 4, 2017 3:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fire officials in New Orleans say a 1-year-old child is dead after becoming trapped inside a burning house. The fire was reported just before 5:30 a.m. Monday on the 8800 block of Birch Street. New Orleans Fire Department Deputy Superintendent Roman Nelson said the home... more »
  • ABC News: Lobbyist shot at congressional baseball practice walks through the scene

    September 4, 2017 12:53 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - The lobbyist who was shot multiple times earlier this year when a gunman opened fire at lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game spoke out, recounting the harrowing scene of the shooting when, he says, "Time stopped, it just stopped." "I could see his eyes and... more »
  • New Prairieville fire rating could save you money Play Video

    September 1, 2017 6:30 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Some Ascension Parish residents might want to check with their insurance providers for possible savings. The Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) has raised the Prairieville Fire Department's rating from a four to a three. It means the city's protection has improved and it could also mean... more »
  • Monday night fire determined to be arson

    August 29, 2017 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities say arson is the cause of a fire that took place Monday at a vacant house. A fire broke out after 11 p.m. at 3524 Delaware Street. Firefighters from the Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived on the scene to find the left rear of the home... more »
  • Seoul: North Korea fires several projectiles to sea

    August 25, 2017 6:59 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea says North Korea has fired several unidentified projectiles to the sea in what appears to be the latest weapons tests for the country that has been rapidly expanding its nuclear weapons and missile program. Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday that... more »
  • Early morning electrical fire

    August 18, 2017 9:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An electrical fire broke out at an apartment complex early Friday morning. A call was made at 6 a.m. about a fire at an apartment located at 4643 Sycamore Street. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a fire going through the roof of the four-unit... more »
  • Southern University stands by decision to fire Dumas

    August 16, 2017 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Southern University Board of Supervisors say they made the right decision after voting to uphold the firing of former Vice Chancellor Brandon Dumas. Last week, Dumas filed a lawsuit saying his firing was a violation of due process according to court documents. Southern stands... more »
  • Firefighters adopt puppy after saving him from burning apartment

    August 13, 2017 9:45 PM

    NEWBURGH, NY - One lucky puppy who was rescued from a burning apartment is now being adopted by the firefighters who saved his life. When the firefighters of the City of Newburgh Fire Department in New York were called to the second floor of a three-story apartment building in... more »
  • One arrested after apartment fire on W. Brookstown Drive

    August 13, 2017 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One person was arrested after firefighters responded to an apartment fire on W. Brookstown Drive Saturday night, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the apartment complex in the 4200 block of W. Brookstown Drive near Prescott Road just before 8 p.m. ... more »
  • Man arrested after setting fire at Iberia Parish hospital

    August 12, 2017 9:17 PM

    NEW IBERIA - Authorities say a man has been arrested after he set a fire in the Intensive Care Unit of the Iberia Medical Center Friday morning. According to the State Fire Marshal, 25-year-old Ruddy Romero Jr. was arrested after he ignited a hospital blanket on a set of... more »
  • 3rd Boy Scout dies after sailboat strikes power line on lake

    August 7, 2017 3:19 PM

    AVINGER, Texas - A third Boy Scout has died from injuries suffered when a sailboat struck an overhanging power line on a lake east of Dallas. Texas Parks & Wildlife spokesman Steve Lightfoot says the 11-year-old Scout died Monday. He was hospitalized in Shreveport, Louisiana, following the accident... more »
  • Fire forces evacuation of office building on One Calais Avenue

    July 31, 2017 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – An office building was evacuated after a fire occurred just before noon on Monday. The St. George Fire Department responded to an office building located in the 8000 block of One Calais to find a light haze in the building. According to the fire... more »
  • St. George Fire District receives more than $1 million in grant money Play Video

    July 31, 2017 12:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The St. George Fire Protection District will soon add a new location and more firefighters after it was awarded more than $1 million in grant money from FEMA for the second year in a row. "It's a big boost. It allows us to hire these folks,... more »
  • Dishwasher sparks apartment fire on Blvd. De Province

    July 30, 2017 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters responded to an apartment fire Sunday morning that was reportedly started by a malfunction in a dishwasher. The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to the reported apartment fire in the 1700 block of Boulevard De Province around 8:30 a.m. The fire was determined to... more »
  • Crash results in car fire, major gridlock at busy Baton Rouge intersection

    July 27, 2017 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Fire crews and first responders are on the scene of what appears to be a large crash at the corner of Burbank and Siegen. Numerous fire crews were on the scene, authorities said. Two vehicles were involved in the crash and one caught on fire, WBRZ... more »
  • Water was an issue at Thursday morning house fire Play Video

    July 27, 2017 11:42 AM

    PRIDE- Firefighters had to deal with a lack of water while battling a large house fire Thursday morning. Firefighters from Pride were initially called to the blaze in the 30000 block of Greenwell Springs Road. Since there are no fire hydrants in the area, fire trucks had to supply... more »
  • House fire on Wexford Drive under investigation

    July 26, 2017 7:32 PM

    CENTRAL – Fire crews responded to a house fire in the 5200 block of Wexford Drive on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Central Fire Department, the fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes. Fire crews located three large dogs in the backyard of the home... more »
  • Three displaced after lighting strike causes house fire on Stone Gate Drive

    July 21, 2017 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department confirmed that a lightning strike caused a house fire in the 14000 block of Stone Gate Drive. Firefighters arrived to find the attic on fire of the two-story home. Crews were able to contain the fire to the attic... more »
  • Wife of St. Tammany fire chief found amid fire wreckage had been shot to death

    July 21, 2017 5:47 PM

    SLIDELL - A woman whose burned body was found in a Louisiana home destroyed by fire last week died not from the flames but from a gunshot wound. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release Friday that DNA evidence confirmed the identity of the... more »
  • Coroner: St. Tammany fire chief's wife identified as house fire victim

    July 19, 2017 11:13 AM

    LACOMBE - Authorities say the body of a woman found dead after a house fire has been identified. St. Tammany Parish Coroner Charles Preston said in a statement that DNA evidence was used to identify the body of 49-year-old Nanette Krentel following a house fire in Lacombe on... more »
  • BRFD investigating house fire on N. 43rd Street

    July 14, 2017 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating a house fire that occurred on Thursday night in the 1300 block of N. 43rd Street. Firefighters responded to the fire around 11 p.m. to find flames coming from the rear of the house. Crews were... more »
  • Three fires at area stores set to cover thefts, suspect arrested

    July 8, 2017 11:22 PM

    AMITE - State fire investigators booked a man into the Tangipahoa Parish jail overnight on charges related to string of arsons at area Walmart locations that may have been set to distract workers so the suspect could steal computers. Larry Paul Schouest, Jr., was charged with two counts of... more »
  • Afternoon fire at Sherwood Acres Apartments seen by drivers

    July 7, 2017 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A fire at the Sherwood Acres Apartments was seen by drivers on Friday afternoon. A WBRZ viewer sent in photos of the flames from the front door of one of the first floor units. According to witnesses, the flames were noticed around 4:30 p.m.... more »
  • Man tries to remove bees with fireworks, burns down garage

    July 4, 2017 2:11 PM

    GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A Michigan man who tried to use fireworks to remove a bees' nest from his garage ended up burning the building down instead. MLive reports crews responding to the home in Grand Blanc Township on Monday saw fireworks shooting into the sky from... more »
  • BRFD investigating cause of house fire on South Riveroaks Drive

    July 4, 2017 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating the cause of a Monday night house fire in the 9000 block of South Riveroaks Drive. Firefighters responded to the house around 11 p.m. to find smoke coming from the roof. The fire was contained to the... more »
  • Video captures massive house fire; Neighbors start clothing drive after blaze

    July 4, 2017 11:17 AM

    PONCHATOULA – Neighbors spent the 4th of July holiday gathering items for a family who lost everything when their home was burned to a shell of brick. Fire crews worked for hours battling the blaze in the Landing neighborhood, east of the Tangipahoa River about six miles from downtown... more »
  • VIDEO: Firefighters rescue deer from Arizona wildfire

    July 3, 2017 9:21 PM

    ARIZONA - Count baby deer among those saved by firefighters battling a stubborn Arizona wildfire. The U.S. Forest Service posted photos and a video on Facebookshowing the Friday night rescue, where Hotshots rounded up two deer fawns. The baby animals were found too close to the spreading blaze... more »
  • Firefighters respond to house fire on Valcour Drive late Friday night

    July 1, 2017 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters with the Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a house fire that left significant damage to the home late Friday night. According to BRFD, the cause of the fire was a pot that was left on the stove. Firefighters arrived at the home in... more »
  • Man arrested in connection to Amarillo Street shooting

    June 30, 2017 8:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police have arrested a man witnesses say shot someone in the leg Thursday evening on Amarillo Street. According to arrest documents, Kentrell Payton was later seen not far from the crime scene wearing the same clothes described by witnesses. Payton was walking down... more »
  • Suspected stalker tried to blow up woman's car

    June 23, 2017 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A man's anger over a woman's refusal to date him turned into a violent rage, authorities said, that ended when he tried to blow up the woman's car recently. Ja'Quan East, 23, was booked into jail overnight on arson and terrorizing charges. East is accused of... more »
  • Unattended pot causes house fire that claims life of pet

    June 20, 2017 5:44 PM

    CENTRAL – Central fire crews responded to a house fire in the 7500 block of Droze Road that claimed the life of a pet on Tuesday afternoon. Crews were able to get the fire under control in about 15 minutes after responding to the call at 3 p.m.... more »
  • Portugal forest fire death toll likely to rise

    June 18, 2017 11:47 AM

    LISBON, Portugal - Portugal's prime minister says the death toll in the country's deadliest wildfire in memory is likely to rise. Prime Minister Antonio Costa said Sunday that 61 deaths are confirmed but, "for sure, we are going to find some more victims." The wind-fueled blaze swept through the... more »
  • 6 dead after massive fire in London

    June 14, 2017 7:45 AM

    LONDON (AP) - London's Metropolitan Police say six people have died in the devastating fire that engulfed a west London apartment block. Police say the number is expected to rise. Police commander Stuart Cundy says he can "confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise... more »
  • Firefighters battling massive blaze in London high-rise

    June 13, 2017 10:51 PM

    LONDON - Firefighters are battling a massive fire in an apartment high-rise in London. One side of the building appeared to be in flames. Forty fire engines and 200 firefighters had been called to the scene early Wednesday morning. The building is the Grenfell Tower in... more »
  • Sheriff: Home of Mississippi multiple-killing suspect burns

    June 12, 2017 9:38 PM

    BOGUE CHITTO, Miss. - Fire has destroyed the home of a Mississippi man charged with killing eight people. Sheriff Steve Rushing in Mississippi's Lincoln County says nobody was in the mobile home in Bogue Chitto when firefighters answered a fire call before dawn on Sunday. Rushing... more »
  • Crews respond to residential fire on Poinsettia Drive

    June 5, 2017 9:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters responded to the scene of a residential fire on Poinsettia Drive Monday night. The fire was reported around 7 p.m. in the 7700 block of Poinsettia Drive. Authorities say the fire has since been put out and no one was hurt as a result. ... more »
  • Firefighters rescue dog from Baton Rouge house fire

    June 5, 2017 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters say a dog is safe and sound after it was rescued from a house fire in Baton Rouge Monday morning. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, crews responded to the fire in the 2500 block of Jura Street around 9:30 a.m.. Firefighters arrived on... more »
  • BRFD investigating house fire on Lobelia Avenue Play Video

    May 28, 2017 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating after a fire was reported at a home on Lobelia Avenue Sunday. The fire was reported shortly before 4:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Lobelia Avenue. Curt Monte with BRFD says crews believed that the home was abandoned... more »
  • Crews battle house fire on Marylin Drive

    May 18, 2017 9:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews extinguished a fire at a home on Marylin Drive Thursday evening. Officials have released few details on the fire or the extent of the damage. This is a developing story. Check back for details. more »
  • Family says 2 adults, 5 children died in Ohio house fire

    May 15, 2017 8:46 PM

    AKRON, Ohio - Family members say a couple and their five children died in early morning house fire in Akron. Relatives identified the victims as 35-year-old Dennis Huggins, 38-year-old Angela Boggs, 14-year-old Jered Boggs, 6-year-old Daisia Huggins, 5-year-old Kyle Huggins, 3-year-old Alivia Huggins and 11-month-old Cameron Huggins. Firefighters found the... more »
  • Man thanks iPhone's 'Siri' for saving his life in explosion

    May 15, 2017 8:07 AM

    WILMOT - A New Hampshire man who was injured in a house explosion is thanking "Siri" for saving his life. Christopher Beaucher says he was checking on his mother's vacant cottage in Wilmot on May 1 when he saw something suspicious and went inside. He tells WMUR-TV when he... more »
  • Major interstate in Georgia reopened after bridge collapse

    May 14, 2017 2:03 PM

    ATLANTA - All lanes of a heavily used interstate in Atlanta have been reopened - about six weeks after a highway bridge collapsed because of a massive fire. Local news reports say southbound lanes on Interstate 85 were reopened Saturday evening, one day after drivers began using lanes heading north.... more »
  • 3 siblings killed, relatives hurt in house fire

    May 12, 2017 8:43 PM

    CONROE, Texas - Authorities say a house fire north of Houston has killed two brothers and their sister and injured another brother, their grandparents and an uncle. The fire broke out around 4 a.m. Friday near Conroe. Investigators say police tried to reach the second floor to rescue children but... more »
  • $4.2 million penalty in deadly 2012 platform fire

    May 12, 2017 8:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An energy company has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors, avoiding manslaughter charges and agreeing to a $4.2 million penalty in connection with a 2012 offshore oil platform fire that killed three workers. Court documents show Houston-based Black Elk Energy pleaded guilty Friday to nine criminal... more »
  • Southern University students recovering following devastating fire Play Video

    May 11, 2017 11:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eleven Southern University international students from India have recieved help from the Baton Rouge community. Five out of the eleven students will be able to graduate after Southern University, the Indian consulate, and the community has helped the students replaced most of the items lost in the... more »
  • FBI Director James Comey has been fired

    May 9, 2017 5:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey. In a statement, Trump says Comey's firing "will mark a new beginning" for the FBI. The White House says the search for a new FBI director will begin immediately. Statement from @WhiteHouse @PressSec on @FBI Director pic.twitter.com/EdBRntMim5... more »
  • 21 people lose visas, other vital documents in Baton Rouge apartment fire

    May 8, 2017 12:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Massive flames destroyed eight units at the Hub apartment complex over the weekend. Crews arrived around 1 p.m. Saturday to find the entire roof of one building completely engulfed in flames. Firefighters even had to back out of the apartment at one point due to a... more »
  • BRFD: Unattended stove causes fire at Alvin Dark apartment

    May 7, 2017 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to an apartment fire on Alvin Dark Avenue Sunday. The fire was reported around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters said that a pot left unattended on a stove was the cause of the fire. According to BRFD, the fire was... more »
  • Water heater malfunction causes Baton Rouge duplex fire

    May 4, 2017 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters say a malfunction with a water heater caused a duplex fire on Costello Lane in Baton Rouge Thursday morning. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, firefighters arrived on the scene and found a utility closet and parts of a kitchen in one unit on... more »
  • Crews battle large house fire in Brownsfield Play Video

    May 3, 2017 9:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency responders are working to extinguish a large house fire in the Brownsfield area. The fire broke out around 8 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Malcolm Drive and Price Avenue. Baker firefighters arriving at the scene discovered smoke and fire coming from the home. Neighbors... more »
  • Suspected arsonist in custody after 2 fires in Trump Hotel

    April 27, 2017 8:14 AM

    LAS VEGAS - Officials say one person is injured and a suspect is in custody after two separate fires were discovered at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. The Clark County Fire Department released a statement saying toasters, towels and various other materials were used to ignite the fires... more »
  • BRFD: House fire started from woman smoking cigarette on couch

    April 26, 2017 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters put out a house fire that was started when a resident noticed a fire in her sofa. Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 1900 block of Tennessee Street around 4:45 p.m. According to Baton Rouge Fire Department officials, the fire was caused... more »
  • Officials: I-85 repairs in Atlanta to cost up to $16.6M

    April 26, 2017 11:54 AM

    ATLANTA - State officials have announced that rebuilding the collapsed section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta will cost up to $16.6 million. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Georgia Department of Transportation has set a June 15 deadline for the completion of the new I-85 bridge, although no official timetable... more »
  • Fire damages apartment on Parkforest Drive

    April 22, 2017 9:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating a fire that dealt heavy smoke damage to one apartment Saturday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the fire at 6052 Parkforest Drive around 5 p.m.. Upon arrival, they found smoke coming from the apartment. The fire department says no... more »
  • Officials: Cigarette likely caused fire that burned four Florida homes

    April 22, 2017 4:31 PM

    LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - A lit cigarette likely tossed by a parent waiting for a school bus caused a southwest Florida brush fire that destroyed four homes and several cars. According to the News-Press, Lee County fire inspector Dale Reisen said Saturday that the 400-acre Lehigh Acres fire started Friday... more »
  • BR firefighter injured in one of two overnight fires

    April 22, 2017 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A firefighter was injured battling one of two overnight fires that were both suspected of being arson. Details of the fires were released early Saturday by the Baton Rouge Fire Department. The firefighter that was injured will be ok. The fire that resulted in the... more »
  • Second disaster hits family within a year, waiting on insurance Play Video

    April 21, 2017 6:33 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - First flood then fire. Two disasters a Denham Springs man has lost nearly everything to. During the night of Valentine's Day, John Cooper Fore says his paradise in the making burnt to a crisp. It was a design project years in the making his family had... more »
  • Details released of deadly, fiery crash on I-10 Play Video

    April 19, 2017 6:38 PM

    PORT ALLEN – State Police released new information about a chain-reaction crash that left a central Louisiana man dead, killed when his small car was crushed by two 18-wheelers and engulfed in flames Wednesday. Ronald Allen, 26, of Alexandria, was killed. Allen's car was rear-ended by a semi then... more »
  • EBRSO: Juveniles set fire at Glen Oaks High School Play Video

    April 18, 2017 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews responded to Glen Oaks High School after two juveniles reportedly started a fire on campus Tuesday. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the fire was started by an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old who were setting electronic equipment on fire at the school. ... more »
  • Faulty light fixture leads to $450,000 in damage at Bellagio mall

    April 18, 2017 2:59 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Fire officials in Las Vegas say a faulty light fixture on an exterior wall of the Bellagio shopping complex sparked a fire on the roof last week that tourists stopped to watch near the iconic fountain show on the Strip. Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell said... more »
  • Two critically injured in explosion inside California motel

    April 16, 2017 10:08 PM

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Fire officials in Northern California say two people were critically injured in an explosion inside a motel room that's being investigated as a crime scene. The Mercury News reports the explosion Sunday at the Casa Linda Motel in San Jose badly damaged one room. San Jose... more »

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