Atlanta man upset after Airbnb rental home damaged on New Year’s Eve | News

ATLANTA (CBS46) — An Atlanta Airbnb host is upset after his rental home in Southwest Atlanta was damaged by guests on New Year’s Eve.

Ade Adefesobi said the home on Larchwood Road was left with a broken window, damaged appliances and holes in the walls.

“The first thing I noticed was the broken window and I knew something had happened,” he said. 

Adefesobi said he rented the house to someone on Friday, but has no idea what happened that night or why the guests didn’t notify him. 

According to him, he filed a police report, but wants to know why someone would do this and who will pay for the damages.

“They shouldn’t be able to do this to someone else, it’s not fair,” Adefesobi said. 

A spokesperson for Airbnb said they are aware of the incident and have removed the guest from the platform.

They provided the below statement on what hosts can do in this type of situation. 

“These types of incidents are extremely rare, but when they do occur, we are here to support our Hosts through AirCover. AirCover is top-to-bottom protection for Hosts. It includes $1 million Host liability insurance and $1 million Host damage protection, with new coverage for pet damage, deep cleaning, and more.” -Airbnb

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Woman dead, firefighter injured in Bristol fire | Connecticut News

BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) – A woman is dead and a firefighter is injured after a fire at a home in Bristol Monday morning. 

Chief Richard Hart said the fire on Allen Street was called in around 10:58 a.m. 

Crews arrived to heavy fire coming from the first floor apartment and porches. 

Crews received reports that there was a woman in a wheelchair inside the home, but did not find anyone after searching, Hart said. 

Authorities say she was later found deceased. 

The identity of the victim is not available. 

One Bristol firefighter was taken to Bristol Hospital for injuries caused by a fall, Hart said. 

Hart said the fire department is unsure if the fire is suspicious in nature. 

The state and local fire marshal, as well as state police, are investigating the cause of the fire. 

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8 people rescued Sunday night from stalled elevator in downtown Atlanta hotel | News

ATLANTA (CBS46) — Eight people were trapped for hours inside an elevator on Sunday night at a downtown Atlanta hotel.

It happened at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel on Peachtree Street. The Atlanta Fire Department says they received a call at approximately 5:44 p.m. from a person who said they were stuck, but didn’t know which floor. Another caller told 911 that they were stuck on the 14th floor.

The first unit arrived on scene at 5:46 p.m. and discovered the elevator was stuck behind a blind shaft on the 27th floor. They tried resetting the elevator, but it did not work. An elevator technician arrived on the scene, but was also unable to rectify the issue.

More firefighters and chiefs arrived on scene and firefighters rode another elevator down to the stalled elevator and opened a hatch. A short ladder was placed inside the elevator and the firefighters began helping the occupants out of the elevator two at a time.

The occupants were transferred to the roof of the working elevator car, which took them to the 45th floor where they were able to get off.

The first two individuals were extricated at approximately 8:48 p.m. and the last two were extricated at 9:27 p.m.

No injuries were reported and it is not known what caused the elevator to malfunction.

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Two kids wounded as shots fired into home in Mobile | Mobile County Alabama News

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) — Two children were wounded by gunfire late Tuesday night, according to the Mobile Police Department.

This happened shortly before midnight in the 500 block of Clark Street. 

Responding officers discovered a 9-year-old and 6-year old juvenile had sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Ring porch video shows the drive-by shooting unfolding around 11:45 Tuesday night.

“It was like a nightmare. I woke up out of my sleep… I heard my grandchildren hollering,” recalled Bethelyn Crawley.

Crawley’s two grandson’s were shot while sitting in the living room after multiple bullets went through the walls of the home.

“And my grandchildren were hollering and running into my room… So when they ran into my bedroom I grabbed both of them and we fell to the ground. They was still shooting and my little grandson was hollering grandmomma, grandmomma I’m shot. The bullets… I couldn’t really think because of the bullets. I just had them and we just hit the ground. It was terrifying. There were so many bullets coming through my house,” said Crawley.

Her 9-year-old grandson shot in the arm and rushed to the hospital by a family friend. Crawley says it wasn’t until later they realized his 6-year-old brother was also shot twice in the leg and ankle. Both boys have undergone surgery — the younger one discharged this afternoon. The 9-year-old set to have another surgery on Friday.

By the light of day — nearly a dozen evidence markers show the home riddled with bullet holes. Crawley shows us where the boys were sitting and the bullet hole through the couch and pillow. One of the bullets even travelling through two walls into her back bedroom.

“Like 10 bullet holes from there all the way up there. They shot and cracked the wall here all through the door,” said Crawley.

While both boys are expected to be okay — they’re traumatized by what happened. The family believes the shooting was targeted.

“He heard a firecracker while we was passing by and he shivered. I just want to say — all of this senseless crime has got to stop. All of this senseless shootings, especially shooting into houses,” said Brandon Williams, Sr.

“I just thank God they are not dead from a gunshot wound. It’s just a miracle. I can’t believe it,” said Crawley. “Whoever y’all is — y’all just need to turn yourself in. You know because y’all wouldn’t want this to be y’all’s kids. Y’all wouldn’t want nobody to go to y’all’s grandmomma’s house and shoot y’all’s kids. These are babies.”

The police department is working to identify a person of interest. The MPD said this an ongoing investigation.

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Fire complicated by explosions and hazardous chemicals | News

SHREVEPORT, La. —  Firefighters Wednesday battled a blaze on Egan Street in the city’s Stoner Hill neighborhood that included several explosions.

The fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived they found the garage of the home engulfed in flames. What complicated fighting the fire was the presence of several 55-gallon barrels of kerosene in the garage.

Stoner Hill Fire

Shreveport firefighters clean up after a fire on Egan Street Wednesday that included several explosions. 

Fire officials tell KTBS that one of those barrels exploded. There were also other smaller containers of flammable liquids like butane that also exploded. 

“This garage was not being used by a truck or a car,” said Clarence Reese, assistant to the city fire chief. “We are being careful about going through there even at this point until our fire investigator is able to investigate before we start moving a lot of things around.”

There was a concern that the kerosene was leaking into the sewer system. City and state crews were on the scene building a dam of sand to prevent that. State officials were also present to monitor any environmental impacts from that spill.

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Water main break creates geyser at busy intersection | News

SHREVEPORT, La — A prime example of the city’s failing, old infrastructure was on display at the corner of Fairfield and Jordan Monday afternoon.

Water department crews hit a gusher when they went to repair a leaking 12-inch water main. When they cleared enough concrete and dirt out of the way, the ruptured line shot water about 60 feet into the air.

Fortunately, the state office building and other nearby businesses still appeared closed for the holidays.

The workers expected to be there into the evening to splice a new pipe in place. They said a geyser from a water main break isn’t that unusual in Shreveport, where pipes may be up to 80 years old.

Voters recently rejected a bond proposal to upgrade the city’s water and sewer pipes.

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