Fire Marshal

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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.

 

Louisiana Declares State of Emergency

Jan 17, 2018
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Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an Emergency Declaration due to the freezing precipitation and low temperatures throughout Louisiana. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP), Dept. of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and other state agencies have been activated in response to this emergency.