Louisiana fire chief, sheriff’s deputy arrested after allegedly falsifying crash report | News

State Police said a tip about a fraudulent insurance claim was sent to the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud/Auto Theft Unit-Monroe Field Office in August.

The tip concerned a two-vehicle crash with Jonesboro Fire Department vehicles. The insurance claim for the wreck was more than $26,000.

State Police said Brandon Brown, 37, the Jonesboro Fire Chief, and George Wyatt, 58, a sheriff’s deputy, falsified the accident report.

The report stated Brown and Wyatt were driving, but investigators uncovered that Brown’s juvenile son was operating one of the fire department vehicles at the time of the crash.

Brown and Wyatt were charged with insurance fraud, filing or maintaining false public records and malfeasance.

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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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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.

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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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