Fire in Campti killed two adults and one juvenile
Posted on 7/16/2018 2:40:00 PM.

Two adults and one juvenile are dead after a fire engulfed a trailer in Campti over the weekend. Investigators are still unsure exactly how the fire erupted and claimed the family’s lives. State Fire Marshal Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says it’s not common to see fires that are this devastating.
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Authorities suspect charging cell phone caused fire that burned toddler in bed
Posted on 5/3/2018 12:56:00 PM.

The State Fire Marshal’s office believes a cell phone is responsible for a fire that injured a one-year-old child in Jeanerette. Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says a 14-year-old resident told detectives he was sleeping in a room with his little sister, when he awoke to use the bathroom, he smelled smoke and saw the mattress on fire.

“Detectives have determined the origin of the fire is the bed where a cell phone was laying while it was plugged into an electrical outlet,” Rodrigue said.
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Firefighter confesses to setting fire to his home with disabled wife inside
Posted on 4/19/2018 12:03:00 PM.
The State Fire Marshal has arrested a Richland Parish volunteer firefighter in connection with a mobile home fire that injured his medically disabled wife. Kenneth Fulford was booked into parish prison on multiple offenses.
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State Fire Marshal:16 dead in house fires since Christmas
Posted on 1/5/2018 9:58:00 AM.
House fires statewide have claimed 16 lives since Christmas according to State Fire Marshal Butch Browning. This morning, Baton Rouge firefighters battled a blaze that killed at least three people. Browning says space heaters are the cause of many of these fires.
  
"If you have a space heater, you turn it off and you unplug it at bedtime.  Many of these fires are occurring while people are sleeping and they're not afforded the opportunity to wake up and defend themselves."
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State Fire Marshal has tips to keep safe from fires during the cold snap
Posted on 12/31/2017 3:00:00 AM.
Many are turning to additional sources of heat with the extended cold snap. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says there has been an increase in fire fatalities in the state in the last couple of weeks. He says homes that don’t have a working smoke alarm are at the greatest risk.
 
 
 
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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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Jennings woman allegedly lied about how 4-year-old niece was set on fire
Posted on 3/7/2017 11:53:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
A Jennings woman is facing additional charges for allegedly lying about how her 4-year-old niece was set on fire. State Fire Marshal's office spokesman Brant Thompson says 29-year-old Gail Brown is accused of having sex for money at a home while her 6-year-old daughter and the 4-year-old niece were in a vehicle.
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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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Arson believed to be the cause of fire at Old Governor's Mansion in Opelousas
Posted on 7/14/2016 3:12:00 PM.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled the fire at the Old Governor’s Mansion and a historical museum in Opelousas as arson. Chief Deputy Brant Thompson says they’re working both scenes separately. He says they are unsure if the arsons are connected but it’s not being ruled out.
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