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  • Account set up for family displaced from fire

    October 4, 2015 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - After a family of three lost everything in an apartment fire on North 23rd last weekend, they've set up an account to help raise money and donations. Donations to the family can be made through the Capitol One bank, under the names Angelica Conrad, Angelina... more »
  • Murder-suicide cause of death in deadly Eunice fire

    September 28, 2015 2:52 PM

    EUNICE - State fire marshals say the cause of death in a deadly house fire in Eunice that left a woman and her two children dead is murder-suicide. In a press conference Monday afternoon, Eunice Police said the mother, 39-year-old Carla Wotford, is believed to have shot her two... more »
  • Firefighters respond to overnight fire at Associated Grocers

    September 28, 2015 9:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE– Scary moments inside Associated Grocers overnight when a fire broke out at the business on Anselmo Lane in Baton Rouge. Firefighters responded to the fire around 1:30 a.m Monday morning. When they arrived fire and heavy smoke was seen coming from a floor sweeper inside the building... more »
  • Fire district approves false alarm fines

    September 24, 2015 11:31 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The consolidated fire protection district is having problems with false alarm calls, so the group approved a strict new policy to deal with the issue Thursday. Businesses are the worst offenders and will be hit with penalties when fire crews are dispatched when there is no... more »
  • BRFD: Arson the cause of early morning fire

    September 21, 2015 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities have determined arson to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a building in Baton Rouge early Monday morning. The Baton Rouge Fire Department received a call about a building on fire on Scenic Highway at Rosenwald Road around 4:15 a.m. It took fire crews about... more »
  • Change-of-plea hearing set Oct. 20 in deadly platform fire

    September 18, 2015 3:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Criminal charges filed recently against a Houston company over a 2012 offshore oil platform fire that killed three workers appear headed for an October resolution. Neither federal prosecutors nor defense lawyers for Black Elk Energy Operations would comment on whether plea talks are under way. But... more »
  • Family tries to save home by dragging burning dryer out of house

    September 16, 2015 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A family tried to save their house from burning Wednesday, but inadvertently fueled the flames. Firefighters were called to a home on L'Reece Avenue, off Greenwell Street east of Airline Highway between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Crews said a dryer caught on fire and as they... more »
  • Carport fire destroys home, vehicle in Gonzales

    September 16, 2015 5:05 PM

    GONZALES - Firefighters say a carport fire at a house in the 1600 block of South Augusta Street completely destroyed the residence, along with a vehicle in the carport, Saturday morning. City of Gonzales firefighters were dispatched to the scene on Sept. 12 at 6:30 a.m. when the fire... more »
  • St. Tammany authorities seek suspect in apartment arson case

    September 14, 2015 5:50 PM

    SLIDELL - St. Tammany Parish authorities are searching for a 58-year-old man wanted in connection with a fire last week that destroyed an apartment complex near Slidell In a news release Monday, Sheriff Jack Strain says an arrest warrant has been issued for David Rutledge for one count of... more »
  • I-110 S reopens after 18-wheeler fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 10, 2015 6:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews worked until noon to get the interstate back open after an early morning crash on I-110 South that caused a pair of big rigs to catch fire and explode. The wreck happened at 4:55 a.m. Thursday morning in the southbound lanes of I-110 near the... more »
  • Plane bursts into flames on runway

    September 8, 2015 10:52 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Passengers slid down emergency slides and ran from a smoking jet after it caught on fire while it was preparing for take off Tuesday evening. A jet engine burst into flames on the British Airways aircraft. Flames could be seen pouring from the plane's wing... more »
  • Suspicious, early morning fire damages Planned Parenthood

    September 4, 2015 5:07 PM

    PULLMAN - A pre-dawn fire heavily damaged a Planned Parenthood clinic in the college town of Pullman, Washington and a regional terrorism task force is working to determine whether it was arson. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but FBI Special Agent Frank Harrill said federal agencies... more »
  • Four injured, one severely after plant explosion

    September 4, 2015 1:30 AM

    GEISMAR - Authorities in Ascension Parish said four plant workers were injured, one of them severely, when a high-pressure hydrogen line exploded at a plant in Geismar overnight. The explosion caused a fire at the Renewable Energy Group plant around 11 p.m. according to Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley.... more »
  • Child playing with lighter torched home Tuesday

    September 1, 2015 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters blamed a child, playing with a lighter for a house fire Tuesday afternoon. Crews were dispatched to the 1200 block of Doolittle Drive, off Staring Lane. The first group of responders arrived to find a bedroom and hallway inside the home ablaze, the Baton Rouge... more »
  • Coast Guard reports pipeline rupture, fire

    August 27, 2015 1:17 AM

    CYPREMORT POINT - A pipeline ruptured while a dive operation vessel was doing work Wednesday night. The Coast Guard said two crew members were injured and were being escorted to Houma. The rupture happened about 25 miles south of Marsh Island. Marsh Island is between the Gulf of Mexico... more »
  • Big rig on fire closes LA 70 on Sunshine Bridge

    August 25, 2015 5:32 PM

    ST. JAMES PARISH - An 18-wheeler on fire closed LA 70 at the Sunshine Bridge just before the evening commute hours began Tuesday. Traffic officials announced the highway was back open just before 5:30 p.m. after the damaged big rig kept the roadway closed for close to an hour while... more »
  • Neighbors rescue man from burning home

    August 24, 2015 10:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Neighbors rescued a homeowner from a burning home Monday afternoon. Firefighters said the unidentified man had been overcome by smoke as he was trying to escape the home from a window. Neighbors, who saw smoke pouring from the home, ran to the man's aid and helped... more »
  • Lane closures on I-10 East before Port Allen

    August 22, 2015 2:48 PM

    *****UPDATE***** All lanes are now open on I-10 East before Port Allen. Traffic has extended past LA-415. ************** PORT ALLEN, La. - The left lane of I-10 before Port Allen is opened after closure. The right lane remains closed after a vehicle fire. Traffic... more »
  • Thieves steal ATC Commissioner's SUV, try to set it on fire

    August 17, 2015 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control reported a state vehicle was stolen from the commissioner's home last night and found early this morning with evidence indicating the thieves tried to set fire to it. The stolen SUV was in use by ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert when it... more »
  • School out for 2-3 weeks after East St. John fire

    August 14, 2015 7:32 AM

    LAPLACE - School officials said some students will be out of class for up to three weeks after a fire at the East St. John the Baptist Parish Elementary School campus. Jennifer Boquet, a spokesperson for the parish school system, said students from East St. John have to be... more »
  • McKinley loses AC, football field scorched check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 10, 2015 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Heat caused problems for students at McKinley High School Monday when an air conditioning motor went out. In a separate incident, grass caught fire inside the school's football stadium. "That was quite interesting. Apparently something happened from the apartment complex behind the school," said McKinley High Principal... more »
  • Baton Rouge Fire Department investigates arson

    August 9, 2015 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating an arson that took place in the 2000 block of Gore Road. Investigators are in the process of interviewing neighbors in the area to try to piece together what happened. Tammy Douglas lives next door to the torched... more »
  • Fire damages apartment in complex near LSU

    August 8, 2015 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two units at an apartment complex near LSU received heavy smoke damage from a fire Saturday night. The grease fire began around 7:15 p.m. in the complex at the intersection of Janet Ave. and West Parker Blvd. According to Curte Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire... more »
  • Smoke detectors and fire safety check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 4, 2015 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A smoke alarm can be the difference between life and death. Fire officials say you're 50% more likely to survive a fire if your home has working smoke detectors. Detectors should be installed inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area on every floor of your... more »
  • BRFD says deadly fire started by child

    August 4, 2015 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators said a deadly fire last night in Baton Rouge was caused by a child playing with a lighter. Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said 58-year-old Martin Osigwe died from smoke inhalation in the fire on Voohries Drive. Investigators said the fire... more »
  • One person killed in two overnight fires check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 4, 2015 12:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters worked two simultaneous fires Monday night, both requiring the attention of paramedics. The coroner responded along with firefighters to a blaze at a home on Voohries Drive near its intersection with Mollylea Drive. A spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the fire killed... more »
  • Carlotta St. fire victim's death caused by carbon monoxide

    August 3, 2015 2:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office says a man found dead following a house fire on Carlotta St. last week died as the result of carbon monoxide toxicity. The coroner's office identified the man as 37-year-old James Mobley on Friday. Firefighters said they found him... more »
  • Family pet killed in overnight house fire

    August 3, 2015 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Investigators with the Baton Rouge Fire Department are looking into an house fire that killed a dog early Monday morning. Fire crews responded to the blaze in the 1800 block of Birch St. near N. 19 th around 3a.m. It took crews about 30 minutes to get... more »
  • Investigators working to bring apartments up to code after deadly fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 31, 2015 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators with the State Fire Marshal and Baton Rouge Fire Department spent Friday looking into the cause of a deadly fire on Carlotta Street near the LSU campus. The fire killed 37-year-old James Mobley and injured another man Thursday morning. Investigators are also trying to determine... more »
  • Semi slams into house, bursts into flames

    July 30, 2015 9:54 PM

    PORT BARRE - Everyone involved in a fiery semi crash here Thursday escaped mostly unharmed. It's a remarkable story to tell, considering the inferno that stopped traffic and caused smoke to billow high into the sky. The semi slammed into a house after a tire blow-out. The crash... more »
  • Coroner identifies man killed during Carlotta St. fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 30, 2015 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office identified the victim of a morning house fire that left one man dead. According to the coroner, 37-year-old James Mobley was the man firefighters said was killed after he was overcome by smoke on the second floor of a... more »
  • Fire in laundry room prompts nursing home evacuation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 27, 2015 8:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire at a nursing home late Monday evening started in the facility's laundry room, firefighters said. Firefighters were called to the Sunrise Assisted on Siegen Lane shortly before 7 p.m. The building's sprinkler system went off, helping to contain the fire. Fire crews had the... more »
  • Evacuation lifted after lightning causes oil well fire

    July 27, 2015 3:41 PM

    LAKE ARTHUR - Authorities lifted an evacuation order Monday around a Vermillion Parish oil well which caught fire after a lightning strike this weekend. The Vermillion Parish Sheriff's Office said the fire was allowed to burn out at the well, which is on La. 717 west of Gueydan off... more »
  • Evacuations reported after Lake Arthur oil well fire

    July 26, 2015 5:57 PM

    LAKE ARTHUR, La. - Authorities evacuated a small area of Lake Arthur in south Louisiana after an oil well blew out Sunday, according to reports. KATC reported the fire happened in Vermillion Parish on Highway 717 across the Lake Arthur Bridge. Authorities told residents the fire started when lightning... more »
  • Suspicious apartment fire under investigation

    July 22, 2015 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators are looking into an apartment fire started under suspicious circumstances, according to the St. George Fire Department. Spokesperson Eldon Ledoux said firefighters went out to the fire at a vacant four-plex on Rush Avenue and found fire and smoke coming from a downstairs unit. ... more »
  • Firefighter injured in early morning fire

    July 18, 2015 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One firefighter was injured while battling a fire Saturday morning. The Baton Rouge Fire Department received the call at 2:24 am to 11440 Bard Ave. Renters had just left their apartment complex and returned to find their apartment engulfed in flames. The fire appeared to... more »
  • Firefighters investigate a house fire on Sherwood St.

    July 15, 2015 11:08 PM

    The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating a house fire at 29714 Sherwood St. The owners were in the house when the fire started.They said they heard a noise that sounded like fireworks. Later that night someone knocked on their door to tell them their back porch was on... more »
  • RV destroyed in fire, nearby house spared

    July 15, 2015 12:25 PM

    ST. AMANT - Volunteer firefighters near St. Amant said they stopped an RV fire from spreading to the owner's nearby house early Wednesday morning. James LeBlanc with the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department said the neighbors called in the fire around 1:35 a.m. LeBlanc said the RV was... more »
  • Police: Man lit ex's teddy bear on fire, starting blaze

    July 14, 2015 1:05 PM

    MEMPHIS - A 25-year-old man has been accused of starting a fire at his ex-girlfriend's Memphis home by dousing a teddy bear with lighter fluid and threatening the woman's family. The Commercial Appeal reports that Marshay Frenard was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated arson and domestic violence. Memphis police... more »
  • State fire marshal investigating deadly travel trailer fire

    July 14, 2015 7:58 AM

    PORT ALLEN- The state Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of a fatal fire in Port Allen. Investigators say the body of a man was found in a burning travel trailer early Tuesday morning. The victim's name has not been released. We will continue to keep you updated... more »
  • 1 killed in house fire; under investigation

    July 10, 2015 8:42 AM

    LULING- Authorities say a St. Charles Parish man was killed in a house fire that they believe may have been started because he smoking in bed. Multiple media outlets report that State Fire Marshal Deputy Chief Brant Thompson says 62-year-old George Welch died in the fire at his Luling home... more »
  • Fire kills 14 dogs at California pet boarding facility

    July 6, 2015 3:39 PM

    MONTEREY - Authorities say 14 dogs died in a fire at a Central California boarding facility that cares for pets while their owners are away on vacation. Inspector Mike Ventimiglia of the Monterey Fire Department said Monday it appears the dogs died of smoke inhalation. He says a cause for... more »
  • Fire department quickly extinguishes fire at hospital

    July 4, 2015 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A propane-induced fire caused a small scare above the ICU at Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet Saturday morning. Firefighters said the blaze was quickly extinguished, within six minutes of their arrival. The St George Fire Department said the fire started when a propane bottle being used... more »
  • 1 injured during Seven Pines Avenue house fire

    July 3, 2015 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Unattended cooking is blamed for a fire that damaged the kitchen of a home on Seven Pines Avenue early Friday afternoon. The St. George Fire Department reports they responded to the blaze shortly after 1 p.m., and they had the fire extinguished less than 10 minutes... more »
  • Police arrest man accused of setting fire to CVS in riots

    July 2, 2015 10:13 AM

    BALTIMORE- Baltimore police have arrested a man authorities say set fire to a CVS pharmacy during the height of the riots that rocked the city after the death of Freddie Gray. Police said at a news conference Wednesday evening that 24-year-old Raymon Carter was arrested in Federal Hill after Bureau... more »
  • Kids charged in Garden District arson check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 1, 2015 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested two kids for setting a car and carport on fire Wednesday afternoon. Investigators told WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington , the kids are 11 and 12. Since they are so young, their names were not released. Investigators detained the juveniles shortly after the fire,... more »
  • Official: Fire at South Carolina black church wasn't arson

    July 1, 2015 1:07 PM

    GREELEYVILLE, S.C. - The latest church fire in South Carolina does not appear to be a criminal act, according to two sources familiar with the investigation. Officials said investigators from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on scene at Mt. Zion AME Church in Greeleyville,... more »
  • Investigation leads to arrest of 6 in Oakdale arsons

    July 1, 2015 9:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A monthlong investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office into a string of fires in Oakdale has resulted in the arrest of six people, including three Allen Parish volunteer firefighters. Authorities said Tuesday that 21-year-old Johnny West, of Oakdale, was often the first to respond to a fire... more »
  • As storms rumble through, lightning sparks another house fire

    June 30, 2015 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators believe lightning sparked a house fire Tuesday afternoon as storms moved through the area. The blaze broke out shortly after a suspected bolt hit a home in the Santa Maria neighborhood, on Cape Hart. Firefighters said it took less than ten minutes to get... more »
  • US 190 open after 18-wheeler fire

    June 29, 2015 10:48 AM

    UPDATE: 12:48 p.m. All lanes are now open on US 190 East and West at LA 77 (Livonia). There is no traffic congestion from this incident. LIVONIA- US 190 is shutdown in both directions at LA 77. According to Livonia Police, an 18-wheeler caught fire on the highway. ... more »
  • Workers hailed as heroes after rescuing 3 from burning home

    June 26, 2015 8:04 AM

    METAIRIE- Six employees of Jefferson Parish's Streets Department have been honored for rescuing three people from a burning house earlier this month in Metairie. Ricky Walker, Rickey Addison, Keith Ellis, Paul Ellis, Don Cunningham and Randy Bass received certificates of merit from Jefferson Parish President John Young Wednesday. On the... more »
  • Overnight fire at rubber recycling warehouse check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 23, 2015 9:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Firefighters are investigating a fire that broke out overnight at a recycling business in East Baton Rouge. The fire was extinguished, but not before it severely damaged the facility. The fire was reported just before midnight off Springfield Road and Scenic Highway. The highway was temporarily... more »
  • Homeowner rescued from burning house

    June 22, 2015 8:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A homeowner was rescued from a burning house in Baton Rouge. Officials say a fire broke out in the back of a home on North 39th street just before 8 p.m. Neighbors were able to save the homeowner from the blaze before firefighters arrived. There's still... more »
  • Two boys rescue children from burning home in Florida

    June 17, 2015 4:26 PM

    OAKLAND, Fla. - Two grade school boys who rescued a toddler and a baby from a fire say they didn't think twice about going into a burning home. Ten-year-old Isiah Francis and 11-year-old Jeremiah Grimes say they were watching YouTube and playing video games Tuesday when they smelled smoke coming... more »
  • 48th Street fire still under investigation

    June 17, 2015 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters are still investigating a house fire that started Wednesday morning in the 1000 block of 48th Street. The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to the house fire at 11:50 a.m., and it took nearly an hour for firefighters to get the blaze under control. ... more »
  • East Feliciana residents to see drop in fire insurance rates

    June 17, 2015 4:10 AM

    CLINTON- Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon says some East Feliciana Parish residents will see a drop in fire insurance rates. Homeowners living in Jackson, outside of Jackson corporate limits, and Wilson, outside of the Wilson corporate limits, can expect significant reductions in their fire insurance premiums. The reduced rates... more »
  • Families left homeless after arson ask for help check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 12, 2015 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire in Sherwood Meadows left 16 people without clothes or a place to live. Four apartments burned after a fire was started at 2055 Sherwood Meadows. Three single mothers and 13 children have been displaced from their homes, and they have no clue when they... more »
  • Displaced families speak out after apartment blaze check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 11, 2015 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Families are left picking up the burned pieces of what used to be their homes. Four families are displaced after flames took over their apartment complex on Sherwood Meadows Drive, Wednesday evening. "The apartment's on fire, the apartment's on fire." Kevin Dukes told News Two... more »
  • Resident booked into jail for starting apartment fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 10, 2015 7:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters are expected to book the resident of an apartment where a fire started into jail Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Investigators said John Musa Akbar set his porch on fire with a cigarette lighter. The flames quickly spread to neighboring apartments at a complex... more »
  • Arson blamed for Tuesday evening house fire

    June 9, 2015 9:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters believe someone set a house ablaze Tuesday evening. Investigators determined the cause of a house fire on Davenport Avenue to be arson. The back of the house, in a neighborhood near the intersection of Thomas Road and Scotland Avenue, was engulfed in flames when firefighters... more »
  • Toasted truck had proper license before fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 5, 2015 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bar-b-que pit is the reason one food truck in Baton Rouge is toast. Earl's Express caught fire Thursday on Plank Road and burned to a crisp. Firefighters said the converted bus had a charcoal grill inside, which is against the law. According to the... more »
  • House fire kills Opelousas man, injures 2 first responders

    June 5, 2015 12:28 PM

    OPELOUSAS - Authorities say 54-year-old man has died in a house fire near Opelousas. State Fire Marshal investigators are still looking into the cause. Firefighters responded to the fire Thursday night. Officials say the body of Curtis Iles was found in the hallway outside of his bedroom,... more »
  • Food truck burns in Baton Rouge

    June 4, 2015 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters responded to a food truck fire in north Baton Rouge during the noon rush Thursday. The fire destroyed the truck, which was actually a bus converted to serve grilled meats and seafood. The truck's owner said he was outside the truck on Plank Road... more »
  • Family safe after morning fire in St. George

    June 3, 2015 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two adults and one child are safe Wednesday morning after their house trailer caught fire, according to St. George Fire officials. The St. George Fire Department contained the fire to a rear bedroom at 5:10 a.m. but firefighters were unable to save the trailer. Investigators said... more »
  • Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished

    May 23, 2015 2:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a fire on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast is out. Petty Officer Carlos Vega said the fire in Breton Sound was extinguished around 6 a.m. Saturday. The fire had been reported at 2:50 a.m. Friday by an offshore supply vessel that... more »

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