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  • Man hospitalized after being rescued from burning apartment

    June 9, 2018 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man was rushed to the hospital after being rescued from a burning and smoke-filled apartment overnight. Firefighters were dispatched to an apartment complex on Sharp Lane, just north of Florida, shortly before 4 a.m. Firefighters said the blaze started by unattended cooking items. Firefighters... more »
  • Man using lighter to light dark area under bed sparks house fire

    May 26, 2018 9:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An early morning fire on Washington Avenue was sparked by the homeowner who was using a flame to illuminate a dark area of the house, the fire department said. The fire was reported around 1 o'clock Saturday morning. Firefighters said the homeowner, who was not... more »
  • Power restored in three parishes following electrical facility fire

    April 25, 2018 5:24 PM

    UPDATE: Entergy says power has been fully restored. AMITE – A large fire at an electrical facility knocked out power to thousands of people in Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parish Wednesday. Power outages were reported in the communities of Velma; All of Amite, Roseland, Fluker and most of... more »
  • Large Capital Heights home destroyed by fire; Loss estimated to be $1 million

    April 15, 2018 9:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 6,000-square-foot home was destroyed in an overnight fire, the Baton Rouge Fire Department said Sunday. The home at 1055 Longwood in the Capital Heights area was being renovated. Firefighters said when they arrived on the scene around 12:22 a.m., the fire was visible in the... more »
  • Vacant home burns in overnight fire; Blaze intentionally set

    April 14, 2018 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Arson is likely the cause of a vacant home catching fire overnight. Firefighters said the blaze broke out around eleven o'clock Friday in the 400 block of Tuscaloosa Street. The fire, described as heavy by officials, burned through the inside of the home. It took... more »
  • Firefighters track plume of smoke near Lee Dr. to burning home

    March 4, 2018 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters stumbled on a house fire while driving Sunday morning. A crew driving near Lee Drive noticed a plume of smoke, followed it to the source and found a raging fire at a home on Burgin Avenue shortly after 7:30. The rear patio of the home... more »
  • Overnight apartment fire under investigation

    March 3, 2018 10:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE – An overnight fire burned through two apartments at a Gardere-area complex. A fire started in a first floor apartment at 8155 Skysail and spread to a vacant, second floor unit above. The fire jumped upstairs after burning out of a window, the St. George Fire Department... more »
  • Woman rescued by firefighters from burning apartment overnight

    February 24, 2018 8:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters had to rescue a woman trapped inside her burning apartment in Old South Baton Rouge overnight. Firefighters found a fire coming from a unit in a complex in the 200 block of Roosevelt near Highland Road just after midnight. After being rescued, the woman was... more »
  • Multiple apartments burned, more than thirty homeless after blaze

    February 17, 2018 9:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A firefighter and two residents sustained minor medical complications in an overnight fire at a large apartment complex on Jefferson Highway east of Airline Highway. Thirty-five people were displaced in the fire at Jefferson Lakes early Saturday morning. A handful of apartment units burned as... more »
  • Cajun Navy installing smoke detectors, needs more volunteers Play Video

    January 31, 2018 7:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - They rescued people from their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Great Flood of 2016 and Hurricane Harvey. Now, they're on a mission to keep people alive in a fire. There's a huge push to get smoke detectors installed in homes across Baton Rouge... more »
  • Gardere-area fire under investigation

    January 20, 2018 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A complaint about a strange noise and foul odor lead to the discovery of an apartment fire early Saturday morning in the Gardere area. St. George firefighters said they found a fire in a duplex at 8038 Skysail. The blaze was reported around 4 o’clock Saturday... more »
  • Sunday morning blaze burns through apartment complex

    January 14, 2018 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters quickly contained a blaze at an apartment complex Sunday morning. Crews were dispatched to Park East II at the corner of Sharp and Florida around nine o’clock. A number of units were damaged. A spokesperson for the department said the blaze tore through the... more »
  • 2 injured in Trump Tower heating system fire

    January 8, 2018 8:06 AM

    NEW YORK- New York City fire officials say a fire in Trump Tower's heating and air conditioning system injured two people and caused smoke to billow from the roof. The Fire Department of New York says the fire started around 7 a.m. Monday at the building that contains... more »
  • Crews investigating early morning fire on Snipe Street

    January 4, 2018 8:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Emergency crews were on the scene of a fire in the 1800 block of Snipe Street near Somerset Street. The call came in before 7 a.m. There is no word yet as to what caused the fire. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.... more »
  • Early morning fire at Tiger Plaza Apartments Play Video

    January 4, 2018 6:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Firefighters were on the scene of a fire at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Alvin Dark Avenue this morning. A call for a fire at the Tiger Plaza Apartments came in shortly before 3 a.m. Authorities say the fire was in one of... more »
  • Authorities identify bodies after early morning house fire on 78th Ave. Play Video

    January 2, 2018 6:50 AM

    UPDATE: Authorities have identified the victims as Ivory Brown and Mary Ella Washington Brown. The coroner's office said the manner of death was accidental, and the cause of death is thermal injuries due to the fire. BATON ROUGE- Firefighters discovered the bodies of two victims after a fire... more »
  • Early morning fire engulfs pool house

    January 1, 2018 8:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities say a fire that engulfed a pool house early Monday morning started in the fire place. The St. George Fire Protection District was dispatched to a fire in the 3000 block of Pleasant Point Boulevard at 2 a.m. At the scene, firefighters saw flames coming from... more »
  • Overheated remote-control car battery sparked massive apartment blaze Play Video

    December 25, 2017 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – First responders knocked on doors and kicked some in in an effort to evacuate residents of a burning apartment building Monday evening. The Christmas night blaze burned through one building and jumped to part of a second just after nine o'clock. Almost immediately, firefighters began requesting... more »
  • Arson blamed for Christmas morning fire

    December 25, 2017 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters investigated an arson that damaged a North Baton Rouge early Christmas morning. Fires were set in multiple areas of the home on Ellerslie Drive, behind Memorial Stadium, the Baton Rouge Fire Department said in a news release. The blaze was reported around 12:18 a.m. Monday.... more »
  • Saturday morning apartment fire caused by heater

    December 16, 2017 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire broke out at an apartment complex that was flooded in the August 2016 flood Saturday. The St. George Fire Department said a blaze broke out at the Chateau Wein Apartment complex near the Siegen Lane overpass in the area around Siegen Marketplace. The fire... more »
  • VIDEO: Multiple fire departments respond to massive house fire overnight

    December 16, 2017 8:59 AM

    CENTRAL - A home was destroyed by a massive fire overnight. The Central Fire Department posted pictures and video on Facebook of the blaze. When firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, they found flames pouring from the roof. The fire had already burned most of... more »
  • House considered a total loss after Wednesday night fire Play Video

    December 14, 2017 6:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A late night house fire destroyed a home on East Boulevard Wednesday night. Firefighters got the call of a fire at 11:55 p.m. at a residence in the 800 block of East Boulevard. Firefighters said the fire started in a fireplace. In the fireplace, authorities found... more »
  • Two people killed in school bus fire identified

    December 12, 2017 9:00 PM

    OAKLAND, Iowa - Family and friends are remembering the 16-year-old girl and 74-year-old school bus driver who died in a fire in western Iowa. Eighteen-year-old Bailey Rose told the Omaha World-Herald she took a weightlifting class with Megan Klindt last year and remembers her caring and energetic nature.... more »
  • Homeless man saves children from burning apartment building

    December 2, 2017 3:37 PM

    LAS VEGAS- A homeless man saved two small children from a burning apartment building on Friday, authorities said. According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, Anival Angulo, 36, noticed smoke coming from a Las Vegas apartment building as he was walking by the area around noon on Friday. ... more »
  • Cause of early morning house fire under investigation

    November 23, 2017 8:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Red Cross is assisting a Baton Rouge family this morning after a fire destroyed their home. The fire occurred at a residence in the 1800 block of Mullen Avenue. Authorities said the fire was called in by a neighbor. At the scene crews could see... more »
  • Grandfather, 6-year-old granddaughter killed in Denham Springs house fire Play Video

    November 16, 2017 6:51 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A fire at a mobile home in Denham Springs left a man and his granddaughter dead and two others injured just before midnight. The residence was on Curry Davis Drive off LA-16. The State Fire Marshal identified the victims as 57-year-old Jesse Lowrance and his... more »
  • Study: I-10 ranked one of the most dangerous highways in the nation

    November 13, 2017 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Numbers show that one of the busiest interstates in South Louisiana is also one of the deadliest in the country. According to a study by Teletrac Navman , I-10 is ranked the sixth deadliest highway in the U.S. when it comes to death per mile. Data shows... more »
  • Smoke fills middle school, students evacuated Friday Play Video

    November 3, 2017 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Students were evacuated from Sherwood Middle School Friday morning after smoke filled the building. Firefighters were dispatched around nine o'clock to the school on Goodwood between Sharp and Sherwood Forest. Students were evacuated to the yard. Video and pictures recorded by a WBRZ news crew showed... more »
  • Electrical explosion at LSU injures three, workers taken to hospital Play Video

    November 3, 2017 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An electrical box exploded at the LSU Law school and injured three people Friday morning. One LSU Facilities employee and two subcontractors were injured and taken to the burn unit at Baton Rouge General after the mishap around nine o'clock. Two of the people were released... more »
  • Cause of Goodwood Ave. house fire under investigation

    November 2, 2017 7:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- While returning to the firehouse after a previous fire, firefighters from the Baton Rouge Fire Department noticed a fire at a residence on Goodwood Avenue. The fire took place at a vacant house in the 6000 block of Goodwood Avenue on Tuesday. At the scene, firefighters... more »
  • Fire breaks out at restaurant under renovation

    November 2, 2017 6:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Firefighters from the Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a fire Tuesday at a fast food restaurant. The fire took place at a Wendy's located at 5322 Essen Lane on Tuesday. Authorities said Friday, the cause of the fire is undetermined. The cause of the fire... more »
  • Firefighters deal with afternoon business blaze Monday

    October 30, 2017 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire tore through the attic of a home care business Monday afternoon. The blaze broke out around 4:30 in the ceiling of a building housing TCP, Inc., in the 8200 block of Tom Drive. Numerous trucks, including one with a large ladder, blocked the street... more »
  • 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 »

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