House fire dangers increase during first winter cold snap
Posted on 12/6/2017 11:40:00 AM.
You may be thinking about using heaters and fireplaces to keep you warm now that winter weather has arrived. The chances for house fires increases, especially if proper precautions are not followed. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says it’s not advisable to use space heaters for an extended period of time, but has tips if you do.
 
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State Fire Marshal reminds the public the Halloween costumes & decorations can be highly flammable
Posted on 10/29/2017 3:15:00 AM.

Halloween is a time for celebration, but State Fire Marshal Butch Browning reminds the public some costumes and decorations are highly flammable. Browning says costumes should have a fire retardant coating, so they don’t easily burn. He also says nearly half of all home fires during Halloween are a result of decorations too close to a heat source.
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Winter weather causing safety concerns
Posted on 1/6/2017 12:06:00 PM.

State officials are advising Louisiana residents to stay safe as winter weather moves through the state. State Trooper Scott Moreau says as freezing rain and sleet falls in many north and central Louisiana parishes, roadways are becoming more dangerous. He advises people not to drive if at all possible.
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Burn ban in effect for most of Louisiana
Posted on 11/7/2016 11:28:00 AM.

A burn ban is still in effect for much of Louisiana, despite some rain in the forecast. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says almost every parish in the state is under a burn ban until further notice. He adds that Bossier, Iberville, St. Landry and St. Mary are the only parishes not included because the bans are issued on a parish by parish basis.
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State Fire Marshal issues warning about using open flames during holiday ceremonies
Posted on 12/24/2015 5:35:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Many religious fellowships throughout the state will engage in "candlelight services" this Christmas, and the State Fire Marshal's Office is issuing guidelines to organizations who plan to utilize candles this season. Marshal Butch Browning says folks need to understand that there's a possibility for tragedy regarding the use of open flames in assemblies.
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Hoverboard explosions causing concern
Posted on 12/7/2015 9:21:00 AM.

The highly sought after “hoverboard” is on the top of many children’s Christmas wish lists, but these self-balancing, motorized scooters have been known to burst into flames. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says read up on these devices before purchasing one. 
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Statewide burn ban in effect
Posted on 10/16/2015 11:09:00 AM.
The state fire marshal's office and Department of Agriculture and Forestry has issued a statewide burn ban due to extremely dry conditions across the state.  The US Drought Monitor reports that 86-percent Louisiana is currently in drought.  
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Authorities still have questions in Eunice fire/murder-suicide
Posted on 9/29/2015 3:56:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Authorities are still trying to figure out why a mother in Eunice may have shot and killed her two daughters before setting their house on fire then turning the gun on herself. The mother is identified as 39-year-old Carla Watford and her two deceased daughters are 16-year-old Julia Watford and 9-year-old Tayla Watford. 
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Fire Marshal: Mother and two daughters found dead in Eunice fire the result of murder-suicide
Posted on 9/28/2015 2:37:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The State Fire Marshal's Office believes the fatal fire in Eunice where a mother and her two children died, was the result of a murder-suicide. Fire Marshal Butch Browning says they are still working to determine the cause of the early Sunday morning massive blaze.
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East Carroll Parish house fire claims the life of one
Posted on 9/8/2015 10:41:00 AM.
The State Fire Marshal's Office says a house fire in East Carroll Parish has taken the life of a Lake Providence man.  Kenneth Jefferson died in route to the hospital from injuries suffered while trying to put out the fire.  
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