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  • No inspection of warehouse for at least 30 years

    December 8, 2016 12:29 PM

    OAKLAND - Oakland's interim building chief says code enforcement inspectors have not been inside the warehouse where 36 people died in a Friday fire for at least 30 years. Darin Ranelletti says inspectors only enter buildings when the owner seeks a construction permit or if officials receive a complaint. At... more »
  • Official: Oakland fire trapped people on second floor

    December 7, 2016 5:59 PM

    OAKLAND - Investigators say a fire at a warehouse in Oakland that claimed 36 lives progressed rapidly, trapping people on second floor. Special agent in charge of the San Francisco office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Jill Snyder said Wednesday people on the second floor of... more »
  • Sheriff says more bodies not likely in warehouse fire

    December 5, 2016 9:28 PM

    OAKLAND, Calif. - Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern says sheriff's officials don't believe additional bodies will be found in the Oakland warehouse fire. Ahern told The Associated Press Monday he couldn't be absolutely positive until the entire recovery effort was complete. The death toll is at 36. Fire officials have... more »
  • Cause of house fire that killed 3-year-old in St. Helena under investigation

    December 5, 2016 4:10 PM

    GREENSBURG – State Fire Marshals are investigating a fire that claimed the life of a 3-year-old on Friday . The fire was reported around 2 p.m. on Friday in the 2800 block of Otis and Willie Matthews Road in Greensburg. Upon arriving to the scene, firefighters found the home... more »
  • Death toll grows to 36 in Oakland warehouse fire

    December 5, 2016 10:32 AM

    OAKLAND - The death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire has grown to 36. Authorities announced the latest tally early Monday, saying they expect the number to rise. Eleven victims have been positively identified, but all the names have yet to be publicly released. Work has stopped at the scene... more »
  • Death toll grows to 36 in Oakland warehouse fire

    December 4, 2016 3:00 PM

    The death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire has grown to 36. Authorities announced the latest tally early Monday, saying they expect the number to rise. Eleven victims have been positively identified, but the names have yet to be publicly released. Work has stopped at the scene for now because... more »
  • Fire officials investigating cause of Boston-area fire

    December 4, 2016 2:57 PM

    BOSTON - Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the huge blaze that ripped through a Boston-area neighborhood, displacing about 60 to 80 people but "miraculously" resulting in no serious injuries or deaths. The 10-alarm fire Saturday in Cambridge destroyed or damaged 15 structures. Some first responders suffered minor... more »
  • Fire officials investigating cause of Boston-area fire

    December 3, 2016 11:30 PM

    BOSTON - Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the huge blaze that ripped through a Boston-area neighborhood, displacing about 60 families but "miraculously" resulting in no serious injuries or deaths. The 10-alarm fire Saturday in Cambridge destroyed at least eight structures. Some first responders suffered minor injuries. Cambridge... more »
  • Baton Rouge woman accused of lighting 3-year-old's bed on fire

    December 3, 2016 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say a Baton Rouge woman faces arson charges after they say she lit a 3-year-old’s bed on fire. Officers were dispatched to an apartment on La Margie Avenue in reference to a disturbance. At the scene, a victim told police that he and his girlfriend,... more »
  • Police report 'casualties' in fire at warehouse party

    December 3, 2016 11:49 AM

    OAKLAND, Calif. - San Francisco Bay Area authorities say a fire has broken out at an Oakland warehouse where people were having a party, and police say there are "casualties." Oakland police Officer G. Plasencia says the fire department responded about 11:30 p.m. Friday and that firefighters were still on... more »
  • Obama talks with Tennessee governor about fires

    December 1, 2016 10:04 AM

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. - President Barack Obama has spoken with Tennessee's governor to offer support for residents gravely affected by recent wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains. A statement from the White House says Obama asked Republican Gov. Bill Haslam for an update on the ongoing response to the wildfires, which... more »
  • Deadly, destructive wildfires ravage Tennessee tourism town

    November 30, 2016 11:15 AM

    GATLINBURG - A Tennessee tourist mecca is emerging from the smoke, charred and vacant. During wildfires Monday night, many buildings in Gatlinburg were burned to their foundation. Hotel fire alarms eerily echoed through empty streets lined with burned out cars Tuesday evening. Three people were killed. The fire destroyed at... more »
  • I-12 west reopened

    November 29, 2016 11:53 PM

    WALKER - I-12 westbound is now open. Tuesday night, two lanes of I-12 westbound were closed following a vehicle fire on the shoulder of the road. Authorities and response crews were on the scene near the Walker exit for more than an hour. Initially, all lanes westbound... 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 »
  • Fires set at entrance to Hamburg venue for G20 summit

    November 27, 2016 11:55 AM

    BERLIN - German police say fires have been set at an entrance to the trade fair grounds in Hamburg, which are to host a meeting of foreign ministers next month and the Group of 20 summit in July. Hamburg police said witnesses reported fires late Saturday. Officers found that several... more »
  • I-12 west briefly closed near Holden for vehicle fire

    November 27, 2016 12:05 AM

    HOLDEN - Parts of I-12 west were closed Saturday evening due to a vehicle fire past the Holden exit. According to DOTD, I-12 west at mile marker 25 was closed around 10:52 p.m. Traffic is passing through the left lane, but the right lane remains blocked. Congestion from the... more »
  • Conditions upgrade for four people injured in Exxon fire

    November 25, 2016 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The conditions of four people who were injured in a fire at the Exxon refinery have been upgraded. According to hospital officials, one patient has been upgraded to fair condition while three others have been upgraded to serious condition. Emergency crews were called to the... more »
  • Kid charged with lighting school on fire

    November 23, 2016 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A teenager has been arrested for setting fire to a flood-damaged school last week, the fire department announced Wednesday evening. The teen, who was not being identified because of his age, set Brookstown Middle Magnet on fire November 18th. The two-alarm fire caused $495,000 in damages... more »
  • Four workers remain in critical condition after Exxon fire Play Video

    November 23, 2016 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Four workers burned during a fire at Exxon refinery Tuesday remain in critical condition at the Baton Rouge General Burn Unit. Exxon is mum on what caused the fire. A watchdog group over the petro chemical industry is blasting Exxon tonight. That group is making bold claims saying... more »
  • Arson suspect wanted after vacant Baton Rouge school fire

    November 22, 2016 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Fire investigators have determined that arson was the cause of a two-alarm fire at Brookstown Middle Magnet. The fire occurred on Friday afternoon . The school had been vacant since the August flood and no students were in the school at the time of... more »
  • BRFD searching for two with info. on Walmart fire

    November 21, 2016 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Fire Department investigators are trying to identify two people that they believe may have information about a fire that happened at Walmart. The fire occurred at the Walmart on O'Neal Lane around 3:20 a.m. on Nov. 13. The East Side Fire Department responded... more »
  • Firefighters battle two-alarm fire at vacant magnet school

    November 18, 2016 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at Brookstown Middle Magnet Academy in Baton Rouge Friday afternoon. The school is located in the 4000 block of E Brookstown Drive in Baton Rouge. The school has been vacant and closed since the August flood. No students were inside at... more »
  • Small brush fire seen at BREC park near the City-Brooks golf course

    November 18, 2016 1:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The fire department responded to a small brush fire at the BREC park at the City-Brooks golf course. Just grew a bit @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/HMNlrWqH9g — Trey Schmaltz (@treyschmaltz) November 18, 2016 The fire was located along the rail road tracks that run near... more »
  • Woman arrested for threatening to bomb hair salon, started fire inside

    November 18, 2016 12:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A woman has been arrested after she threatened to bomb a hair salon and intentionally started a fire there while people were inside. The incident occurred when 51-year-old Debra Frank Leger went into the Simply Savonote' Beauty Salon on Sept. 10 in the 6100 block of... more »
  • Man charged in Auburn tree fire seeks return to Germany

    November 18, 2016 9:32 AM

    OPELIKA, Ala. - The German man charged with setting fire to one of the oak trees at Toomer's Corner in Auburn wants to return to his home country. The Opelika-Auburn News reports that an attorney for 29-year-old Jochen Wiest filed the request in Lee County Circuit Court. The motion says... more »
  • VIDEO: Man in wheelchair rescued from burning car Play Video

    November 15, 2016 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man with only one arm and no legs escaped a burning vehicle in a parking lot Tuesday. A pickup truck ignited into a large fire outside of a shopping center near the corner of Bluebonnet and Perkins around 2 p.m. Video of the fire recorded... more »
  • Firefighters extinguish flame at apartment complex on Old Hammond Hwy

    November 14, 2016 8:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire officials were called to the Spires of Sherwood apartment complex on Old Hammond Hwy in reference to a fire in the complex Monday evening. Firefighters were able extinguish the flames. EMS was contacted to check out an infant for possible smoke inhalation, but the infant... more »
  • Families safe following two morning house fires

    November 7, 2016 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two families are safe following two separate house fires that occurred Monday morning. The St. George Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 4400 block of Fleet Drive around 9 a.m.The fire was brought under control shortly after however the fire did cause heavy... more »
  • Wildfire risks remain elevated; residents urged to take caution

    November 3, 2016 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Citizens are urged to use caution as wildfire risks remain elevated due to dry conditions across the state. Parishes currently under outdoor burning ban orders include: Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Caldwell, Concordia, Franklin, Grant, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Sabine, Winn, Union and West... more »
  • Firefighters put out car fire, find burned body in trunk

    November 3, 2016 10:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities are investigating after a body was discovered inside the trunk of a burning vehicle in New Orleans. Local media outlets report that the New Orleans Fire Department says in a news release that firefighters were called to the scene of a car fire Wednesday night. After... more »
  • Former fire station on S. 15th Street to become community center Play Video

    October 31, 2016 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Metro Council announced that the old 15th Street Fire Station on South 15th Street will become The Destiny Center. The center will be an outreach center to enhance the community. "People can come and be happy and treated good and learning different things... more »
  • Investigators assess FedEx plane after Florida airport fire

    October 29, 2016 2:01 PM

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Officials say National Transportation Safety Board investigators have arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, where a cargo plane caught fire upon landing. Broward County Aviation Department spokesman Greg Meyer told The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2f0keqE ) the airport's north runway would remain closed while investigators assess the... more »
  • BRFD responds to house fire on Pembroke Street

    October 28, 2016 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters responded to reports of a house fire on Pembroke Street in Baton Rouge Friday afternoon. The fire call was issued after 6:20 p.m. at the intersection of 72nd Street and Pembroke Street. Curte Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said upon arrival, about one... more »
  • No injuries after Kaufman Street home burns to the ground

    October 28, 2016 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – No one was injured after a house fire on Kaufman Street in Baton Rouge Friday. Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department reports that the fire happened around 3:36 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Kaufman Street. Fire investigators are still trying to determine... more »
  • FAA reports minor injuries in Chicago plane fire Play Video

    October 28, 2016 5:09 PM

    CHICAGO - A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says an unknown number of minor injuries have been reported after an American Airlines plane caught fire and passengers evacuated on the runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro initially said no one was hurt but later said minor injuries... more »
  • Family sues Amazon over hoverboard that burned $1M house

    October 28, 2016 10:02 AM

    NASHVILLE - A family is suing Amazon for selling a hoverboard blamed for starting a fire that burned their $1 million home in Nashville. The Fox family's lawsuit says Amazon had information about the dangers of the product before the Jan. 9 fire. The lawsuit was filed in Davidson County... 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 »
  • Fired Denham Springs police captain appeals termination

    October 25, 2016 12:37 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- No decision for a former city police captain appealing his termination earlier in the year. Steve Kistler and his lawyer made their case to the Municipal Civil Service Board Monday night arguing his due process had been violated. Mayor Gerard Landry fired Kistler in April because he... more »
  • Two transported from New Roads assisted living complex fire

    October 23, 2016 9:16 PM

    CORRECTION: A previous version of this story reported that the fire was at Lakeview Nursing Home. Authorities confirm fire is at False River Manor Apartments. NEW ROADS – Firefighters in Pointe Coupee Parish battled a fire at an assisted living complex in New Roads Sunday night. Captain Steven... more »
  • All lanes now open on I-110 NB

    October 21, 2016 7:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - All lanes are now open on I-110 northbound. Friday morning, two right lanes were blocked on I-110 northbound past Florida Boulevard due to a car on fire. News 2's Ashley Fruge is monitoring the roadways. We will have updates on WBRZ.com and Twitter . more »
  • Fromer BRFD captain acquitted of rape charges in Tennessee

    October 20, 2016 8:08 PM

    TENNESSEE - A former Baton Rouge Fire Department captain has been acquitted of all charges after being accused of raping a child in Tennessee. Roman Bates, 57, was arrested in June 2015 by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Unit in New Orleans. Bates was a camptain who worked with... more »
  • New information: Debris pile fire caused by spontaneous combustion Play Video

    October 18, 2016 9:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators said Wednesday, an overnight fire at the bottom of a large pile of flood debris was sparked by spontaneous combustion. Around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, fire crews were dispatched to the debris collection site on N. Sherwood Forest. A fire had developed in the base... more »
  • UN announces agreement on 72-hour Yemen cease-fire

    October 17, 2016 9:23 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations' special envoy for Yemen says the warring parties in the Arab nation have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire which will take effect just before midnight Wednesday. A U.N. statement released Monday evening said Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed "welcomes the restoration of the... more »
  • Fire damages three mobile homes on Victoria Drive

    October 17, 2016 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a fire that damaged three mobile homes over the weekend. The fire took place on Saturday, Oct. 15 around 3 a.m. in the Big Oaks Mobile Home Park in the 3700 block of Victoria Drive. Once firefighters arrived on... more »
  • Massive apartment fire appears to be accidental

    October 14, 2016 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It appears a massive apartment fire that burned two, multi-unit buildings to the ground last week was accidental. The inferno burned through the Cobblestone apartment complex on Essen Lane just after lunch. One building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and the fire spread to... more »
  • AT&T stops Samsung phone exchanges after new fire reports

    October 9, 2016 5:10 PM

    NEW YORK - A&T will stop exchanging Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones because of reports that some of the replacement phones are catching fire, just as the original phones did before they were recalled last month. "We're no longer exchanging new Note 7s at this time, pending further investigation of... more »
  • Massive apartment fire may have started outside of the building Play Video

    October 6, 2016 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Investigators think a massive fire that burned two large apartment buildings Thursday began from the outside, WBRZ learned. Crews were looking through the rubble Friday as residents tried to salvage whatever they could find. Just hours earlier, firefighters finished battling the blaze that injured as many... more »
  • Child playing with lighter causes apartment fire

    October 6, 2016 2:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A child playing with a lighter was the cause of an apartment fire in the 5000 block of Mcclelland Court on Thursday morning. The Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived on the scene of the fire on Thursday around 11 a.m. to find an upstairs apartment engulfed... more »
  • Family's 4 pets survive massive house fire Play Video

    October 6, 2016 12:02 AM

    CENTRAL- The Browning family is thankful, despite losing their house in a fire last week. The family of seven was at a football game when the blaze broke out, but their five pets were trapped in the house. The roof was torched, windows broken, walls charred and almost everything inside... more »
  • House fire started after man drove into gas meter

    October 5, 2016 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a house fire on Wednesday morning that was started after a man ran into a gas meter. The fire was deemed accidental after the homeowner left for work in his truck and ran forward into a gas meter on... more »
  • Early morning fire causes significant damage to home

    October 2, 2016 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A house fire occurred early Sunday morning after a gas can was left too close to a water heater, BRFD said. The fire occurred sometime before 8 a.m., when crews were sent to Bayberry Ave. to extinguish the blaze. The fire began in a utility room... 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 »
  • Volunteer firefighters needed in West Baton Rouge Parish Play Video

    September 29, 2016 7:29 PM

    BRUSLY – Lynn Thomas was home when a fire broke out at his home on Lukeville Lane in Brusly. And while he and his brother tried to put the fire out, the house was completely destroyed. Neighbors said only two or three firefighters responded to the fire when the... more »
  • Woman arrested after confessing to starting house fire

    September 26, 2016 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Police arrested a woman after she confessed to setting a home on fire. On Thursday around 10:30 a.m. a house fire was reported in the 700 block of East Buchanan Street. The fire was processed by investigators and the cause was determined to be arson. According... more »
  • Auburn man arrested, Toomer's Corner oak tree set on fire

    September 25, 2016 11:41 AM

    AUBURN - A 29-year-old man has been arrested for setting fire to one of the oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner, where fans were celebrating a win over LSU. Auburn police said in a news release Sunday that the man is from Auburn but isn't affiliated with the university. The... more »
  • Man dies in a house fire he set after shooting his dog

    September 24, 2016 12:01 PM

    CHOCTAW- A Choctaw man died in a house fire that he set himself after shooting his dog on Thursday, Sept. 22, officials say. Lafourche Parish deputies and firefighters arrived on scene at around 3:20 p.m. on Thursday after a report of a fire on Choctaw School Road. Just inside... more »
  • Man found dead in house fire Sunday afternoon

    September 18, 2016 6:58 PM

    VILLE PLATTE - The State Fire Marshal's office is currently investigating a house fire where the body of a 62-year-old man was recovered. Officials say around 1 p.m. Sunday, Ville Platte firefighters were called to a residential fire on Calcasieu Street. As crews worked to suppress the fire, the... more »
  • Probe of fatal fire in Richland Parish continues

    September 18, 2016 12:27 PM

    RAYVILLE - State fire marshal investigators are trying to find out what caused fire that killed a 73-year-old woman in Rayville. The News-Star reports that the fire was reported Friday. Ossie Bryant's body was found on the floor of the living room of the wood-frame house. The bodies of three... more »
  • BRFD responding to fire at Lee Drive condo complex

    September 17, 2016 12:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - BRFD responded to a fire at the Beau Chene condo complex on West Lee Drive Friday. According to fire officials, the fire started before 11 p.m. and burned into the attic of the building before being brought under control. The place the fire started is a... more »
  • Authorities respond to house fire on S. 11th Street

    September 13, 2016 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Authorities responded to a house fire in the 200 block of South 11 th Street Monday morning around 10:40 a.m. EMS and the Baton Rouge fire department responded to the scene to find fire engulfing the rear of the home. The fire spread to several rooms... more »
  • Officials investigating fire that destroyed community center

    September 11, 2016 11:59 AM

    NATCHEZ, Miss. - Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a community center in Natchez. No injuries were reported in the blaze that broke out Saturday morning at the Kingston Community Center. The Natchez Democrat reports that the building originally was built in 1951 as a cafeteria... more »
  • Nissan recalls 120K vehicles; fluid leaks can cause fires

    September 9, 2016 11:24 AM

    DETROIT - Nissan is recalling over 120,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because brake fluid could leak and cause fires. In some cases owners should park their vehicles outside until they are fixed. The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Murano SUVs and 2016 to 2017 Maxima large cars... more »
  • Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 after reports of battery fires; company offering exchange program

    September 2, 2016 12:25 PM

    Samsung is suspending the sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after reports of the gadget's battery catching fire or exploding while charging. The South Korean electronics company released the Note 7 two weeks ago in the U.S. and South Korea. According to the company there have been 35... more »

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