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  • Police: Officer fatally shoots man who shot 2, took hostage

    January 16, 2017 7:46 PM

    HERNDON, Va. - Police in Virginia say an officer shot and killed a man who shot two others and then kept a hostage barricaded inside a home even after it caught fire. Fairfax County Police Department spokeswoman Julie Parker told reporters Monday afternoon that after the home in Herndon, a... more »
  • Flood victim dies after trailer "exploded" when attempting to light cigarette inside

    January 15, 2017 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 44-year-old man is dead after his trailer reportedly "exploded" when he tried to light a cigarette inside. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, emergency crews were called around 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning to a reported trailer fire in the 2000 block of Park Circle... more »
  • Firefighters respond to strip mall fire on Jefferson Hwy

    January 15, 2017 11:57 AM

    BATON ROGUE - Baton Rouge and St. George Firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze in a Strip Mall on Jefferson Hwy. Sunday morning. According to BRFD, the fire started around 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning in a strip mall in the 12000 block of Jefferson Hwy. Firefighters were able... more »
  • Baton Rouge chemical plant to experience intermittent flaring

    January 13, 2017 1:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ExxonMobil Baton Rouge chemical plant will experience intermittent flaring over the weekend. A public affairs manager from ExxonMobil says the flares are a result of scheduled maintenance activities over the next couple days. Flares are primarily safety control devices intended to consume excess hydrocarbons during... more »
  • 6 kids presumed dead after Baltimore fire

    January 12, 2017 12:34 PM

    BALTIMORE - A fire official says six children are presumed dead after a fire tore through a northeast Baltimore home. Fire department spokesman Chief Roman Clark said Thursday that one body has been found at the home and six children from the family who were missing after the fire are... more »
  • Apartment fire on Stan Avenue caused by pot left on stove

    January 12, 2017 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to an early morning apartment fire in the 11000 block of Stan Avenue. The fire occurred around 12:50 a.m. on Thursday. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find flames coming from a down stairs apartment. According to the fire... more »
  • Firefighters find dead woman in burning Lutcher home

    January 11, 2017 5:42 PM

    LUTCHER - Firefighters responding to a fire at a duplex in Lutcher late Tuesday night found a body inside of a burning home. Investigators arrived at 1931 West Main Street after local fire crews responded to a call about a house fire around 11 p.m. After entering the house,... more »
  • Afternoon fire on Washington Avenue caused by extension cord

    January 11, 2017 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to an afternoon fire on Washington Avenue that was caused by an overloaded extension cord. The incident occurred on Wednesday around 2 p.m. in the 5200 block of Washington Avenue. Firefighters arrived to the scene to find the living area... more »
  • Coroner identifies 3 dead after shooting, fire

    January 9, 2017 8:57 PM

    MOREHEAD, Ky. - Authorities allege a man killed his mother and his girlfriend, then opened fire on deputies who responded to his rural Kentucky home. The man is then believed to have set his own home on fire before turning his gun on himself. The Rowan County Sheriff's Office said... more »
  • Flood-damaged home on Wildwood Pwy. destroyed in early morning fire

    January 9, 2017 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A home that was under construction due to damage caused by the August flood was destroyed in a fire early Monday morning. The fire occurred around 1:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of Wildwood Parkway. Firefighters arrived on scene to find the home engulfed in flames... more »
  • Arson suspected in house fire where family is moving in

    January 8, 2017 12:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge fire officials were called to a house fire on Georgia St. early Sunday morning. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department , around 12:42 a.m. Sunday morning, emergency crews were called to the 2000 block of Georgia St. for a reported house fire. ... more »
  • Afternoon house fire reported on North 44th Street

    January 7, 2017 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a house fire on Saturday afternoon in the 1400 block of North 44th Street. The fire occurred at 1:42 p.m. When firefighters arrived, five occupants of the home escaped the flames unharmed. According to the fire department, the fire... more »
  • Man found dead after Donaldsonville apartment fire

    January 5, 2017 7:17 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – Investigators are still trying to determine how a Donaldsonville man died after his body was found Thursday morning after an apartment fire. State Fire Marshal investigators were summoned to the 1500 block of St. Patrick Street after crews found 68-year-old Isaac Landry in the kitchen area of... more »
  • Law office building catches fire due to overheated copy machine

    January 3, 2017 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A law office building caught fire after a copy machine overheated. The fire occurred at the Locke Meredith, Sean Fagan & Associates law office at 9190 Interline Avenue on Monday just before 10 p.m. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a copy machine on fire... more »
  • Arson causes early morning house fire on Lupine Avenue

    January 2, 2017 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department says that arson was the cause of an early morning house fire on Lupine Avenue. The fire occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Monday at a vacant house located at 2771 Lupine Avenue. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the house... more »
  • Houma fire chief retiring after 25 years in post

    December 31, 2016 1:02 PM

    HOUMA - After 25 years with the Houma Fire Department, Todd Dufrene is calling it quits. Dufrene became chief in May 2009 and will retire Sunday at age 54. Terrebonne Parish President Gordy Dove tells The Courier (http://bit.ly/2hDqE1M ) it's been a pleasure to work with Dufrene. Dove and a... more »
  • Early morning tralier fire kills one in St. George

    December 31, 2016 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An early morning fire claimed the life of one victim on S. Hendricks early Saturday morning. According to St. George fire authorities, around 4:09 a.m. Saturday morning, fire officials were called to the 7000 block of S. Hendricks for a reported trailer fire. Upon arrival,... more »
  • Steph Curry sneakers raise $26,400 for Oakland fire victims

    December 30, 2016 6:11 PM

    OAKLAND - Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has raised $26,400 by auctioning off two pairs of sneakers for victims of this month's Oakland warehouse fire. The East Bay Times reports that one set of white sneakers Curry wore in the Warriors' Dec. 15 win over the New York Knicks... more »
  • Fire destroys Tangipahoa Parish sheriff's deputies' home

    December 28, 2016 10:06 AM

    ARCOLA - A fire burned to the ground the home of two Tangipahoa Parish sheriff's deputies, killing three pets and destroying three vehicles in the process. The New Orleans Advocate reports the fire happened late Monday at Capt. Don Alexander's home on La. 10 east of Arcola. His wife, Jeannie,... more »
  • Attorney: German man reaches plea deal in Auburn tree fire

    December 22, 2016 11:26 AM

    OPELIKA - - A court document shows a German man has reached a deal with Alabama prosecutors and wants to plead guilty to setting fire to a landmark oak tree at Auburn University. An attorney for 29-year-old Jochen Wiest filed a document in Lee County Circuit Court on Wednesday saying... more »
  • Woman arrested for arson after setting fire next to home, threatening homeowner

    December 21, 2016 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE – One woman has been arrested for arson after intentionally starting a fire next to home where five people were inside. Brittany Brumfield, 27, was arrested on charges of communication of planned arson and aggravated arson. The incident occurred on Dec. 18 when investigators were dispatched... more »
  • St. Amant home destroyed after fire started by self-cleaning oven

    December 20, 2016 5:44 PM

    ST. AMANT – A home was left destroyed in St. Amant following a fire that was started by a self-cleaning oven. According to the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department, the homeowner fell asleep on Monday night while the self-cleaning mode on his oven was on. The homeowner woke up... more »
  • Former Gonzales fire chief pleads guilty to child porn charges

    December 20, 2016 4:14 PM

    GONZALES – The former Gonzales Fire Chief has been convicted of child pornography charges, according to U.S. Attorney Walt Green. Former Gonzales District Fire Chief Kristopher Johnson , 36, was convicted of four counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. Johnson pleaded guilty... more »
  • No injuries after apartment fire on Airline Highway

    December 18, 2016 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters say no one was injured after a heating unit at an Airline Highway apartment complex caught fire Sunday afternoon. According to St. George Fire Department spokesperson Eldon Ledoux, three engines, one ladder and a rescue company responded to a fire at Devonshire Apartments around 12:59... more »
  • Crews respond to factory explosion on Renoir Avenue

    December 15, 2016 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters are responding to a factory explosion on Renoir Avenue. Details are still limited at this time, however an employee of the factory told News 2's Brett Buffington that the factory makes fiberglass mats and saw pieces of pipe fly through the air. Pieces of... more »
  • Still no cause in Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36

    December 13, 2016 2:29 PM

    OAKLAND - Investigators say they still can't pinpoint a specific cause in the fire that killed 36 partygoers in an Oakland warehouse. They focused their investigation on electrical appliances plugged into the rear of the building where the fire started. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said Tuesday... more »
  • Man arrested for starting dumpster fire

    December 13, 2016 10:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department has reported the arrest of one man that started a dumpster fire in the Sherwood Forest, Coursey Boulevard area. On Dec. 3 around 11 p.m. BRFD responded to multiple dumpster fires. Later BRFD received a report of a man seen responsible... more »
  • Ohio man who set girlfriend on fire convicted; gets 11 years

    December 12, 2016 8:24 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - A man accused of throwing gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her on fire behind an Ohio gas station has been convicted of aggravated arson and other charges after pleading no contest and has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. A statement from Franklin County's prosecutor... more »
  • 3 children die in fatal house fire in Attala County

    December 10, 2016 12:31 PM

    KOSCIUSKO, Miss. - Attala County Coroner Sam Bell has confirmed that three children were killed in a house fire overnight. Bell tells WLBT-TV that authorities were called to the scene about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Further details, including the children's ages and what might have caused the fire, were not immediately... 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 »
  • Man using stovetop for heat found dead in Ponchatoula

    December 8, 2016 7:28 PM

    PONCHATOULA – Fire investigators say a man trying to use his kitchen gas stove for heat died in a fire Thursday. Will Foster Jr., 66, was found dead in the kitchen of his West Street home around 9 a.m. Thursday, according to the state Fire Marshal's office. Fire... more »
  • 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 »

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