|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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|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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|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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|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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|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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|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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|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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|Posted on 1/6/2016 12:37:00 PM.|
The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office along with State Fire Marshal investigators have arrested a Crowley man for allegedly killing his girlfriend and burning her body and home. 33-year-old Nicholas Dupuis has been taken into custody on a warrant for first degree murder and arson.
|Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office, State Fire Marshal, Nicholas Dupuis, Kantarise Lazaro, Shontel Joseph, Brant Thompson|
|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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|Posted on 2/4/2014 8:59:00 AM.|
|The body of a former Kenner firefighter was found in the ashes of his Loranger home shortly after 6 am Tuesday morning. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the victim is 79-year-old George Schilling. |
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