Mother of burned Natchitoches baby arrested
Posted on 7/25/2018 5:43:00 PM.

Authorities have now arrested the mother of the 6-month-old Natchitoches baby who died from severe burns last week. 22-year-old Hannah Baker has been charged with Principle to 1st Degree Murder for her role in the tragic death. Baker claimed she was maced during a home invasion that saw her child taken from her, but State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says that likely was a lie.
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State fire marshal: make sure your fireworks are legal
Posted on 7/3/2018 4:11:00 AM.

Independence Day means pyro for many celebrating the holiday. Although fireworks are dangerous, it’s important that you do take into consideration several factors to reduce the risk of negative outcomes if you choose to fire up the festivities.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says start by making sure your fireworks are legal in your area.
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State Fire Marshal warns of summer door-to-door fraud sales
Posted on 5/19/2018 4:42:00 AM.

Summertime is the most active season for door-to-door sales, and State Fire Marshal Butch Browning reminds everyone to be wary of home security sales fraud. Dale Meredith of Cottonport recounted his story of how a salesman saw the ADT sign outside his home, and proceeded to impersonate an ADT official who claimed to be there to replace his panel. After coming in to take a look around the house…
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Two children dead in Bastrop house fire
Posted on 4/4/2018 1:50:00 PM.

A fire in Bastrop claimed the lives of two children Wednesday morning. The two boys, seven and eight years old, died after a fire broke out that went undetected, but parents were able to able escape. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the parents barely made it out alive.
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Baldwin Police Department damaged in fire
Posted on 2/13/2018 10:18:00 AM.
The Baldwin Police Department is damaged following a fire. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says one person was in a holding cell when the fire started. Officials were able to get him to safety but not before he suffered some injuries.

"They quickly went into action and removed one inmate who sustained significant burns and is being treated for those burn injuries."
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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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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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