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 A 33-year-old Louisiana man is accused of setting fire to a motel room.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office says Morgan Freepon of Mooringsport confessed to investigators that he set the fire Sunday evening at the Budget Inn in Coushatta about 150 miles (250 km) south-southeast of Mooringsport.

Fire marshal's spokeswoman Ashley Rodrigue said in an email that Freepon told investigators he was on meth at the time. She did not know whether he has an attorney who could speak for him.

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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.


The toddler suffered second-degree burns to her head, arms and legs. She was taken to Galveston, Texas hospital for treatment. Rodrigue says electronic devices should always be properly ventilated when they are being charged.


Dead Body Found In Trunk Of Car

Feb 2, 2018
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Shreveport police say they are investigating the discovery of male body found in a trunk of burned out vehicle.  Corporal Marcus Hines says The Shreveport Fire Department responded to a call and found the 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis on fire last night.  He says due to the severity of the burns, they can’t identify the victim, but will start where they can in solving this homicide.


Hines says they are hopeful some witnesses will come forward to help them solve this strange case.


The body has been sent for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The chief of a Louisiana fire department was investigating a traffic accident when he was struck and killed by a car on an icy highway.

State police say in a news release that winter weather was a factor in the Wednesday morning accident that killed 48-year-old Russell Achord.

2 Dead, 2 Injured In Denham Springs House Fire

Nov 17, 2017
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The state fire marshal's office is investigating a fire that left a man and his granddaughter dead and two other family members injured.

Investigators responded about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a fire in Denham Springs. Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke billowing from a window. Firefighters entered the house and found the bodies of 57-year-old Jesse Lowrance and his 6-year-old granddaughter, Kenley Lowrance. Their bodies were sent to the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office for autopsies.

3 Injured In New Orleans Hotel Fire

Nov 8, 2017
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New Orleans fire officials say three people have been injured in a hotel fire.

Fire department spokesman Edwin Holmes told news outlets that firefighters responded to a blaze at the Tirc Hotel on Monday around 11:50 p.m. When they arrived, they saw heavy smoke billowing from the second-floor windows of the two-story, 30-room hotel.

Firefighters conducted a door-to-door search and found one man in the building. Holmes says he was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation and second-degree burns.

Twin Girls Die In Fire At Louisiana Duplex

Oct 23, 2017
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Authorities say 8-year-old twin girls died in a fire at a Louisiana duplex. 

 Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Brant Thompson told news outlets that the twin girls and their first cousins were being cared for by their grandmother when the fire broke out in the Gretna home Sunday around 1:30 a.m.

 Thompson says the other children, ages 4 and 5, escaped the fire unharmed with the help of the grandmother. The parents were away during the blaze, but Thompson says they returned while the fire was still active.

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      A New Orleans fire truck has responded to an apparent fire at a Sewerage and Water Board plant. 

      The New Orleans Advocate reports that smoke could be smelled outside Wednesday, and city homeland security chief Aaron Miller was talking with fire personnel. 

      Board spokesman Robert Jackson tells The Associated Press he doesn't yet have any details. Fire department spokesmen did not immediately respond to phone and email messages. 

Lafayette, La. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a man living in Oregon was sentenced Thursday to 300 months in prison for sexually assaulting and torturing a woman who he had a child with and who engaged in prostitution.


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KEDM is hosted its first Coffee Conversations at CC's Coffee House in Monroe on Friday, May 5th from 6 to 9 a.m. It was a  chance to see and meet KEDM staff and personalities, and hear interviews with local newsmakers. 

Masur Museum  Executive Director Evie Stewart and Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Ben Hickey joined Jay for a discussion about recent fire damage to the permanent collection at the Masur, the ramifications of the damage, and the plans for recovery and restoration.