Thursday, December 5 2013 11:20 AM EST2013-12-05 16:20:45 GMT
A Sikorsky S76 helicopter crashed at Port Fourchon at about 8 a.m. on Thursday, KATC-TV 3 reports.According to federal officials, the helicopter was attempting to leave a field when the wind shifted, causingMore >>
A Sikorsky S76 helicopter crashed at Port Fourchon at about 8 a.m. on Thursday, KATC-TV 3 reports.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 9:25 AM EST2013-12-05 14:25:11 GMT
The holiday season is supposed to be the "most wonderful time of the year." But for those who have lost a loved one, Christmas can be very blue - lasting into the start of a new year. December 5th marksMore >>
The holiday season can be very blue for someone who has lost a loved one. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out how to find joy in new traditions and move past holiday depression.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:33 PM EST2013-12-05 04:33:22 GMT
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-05 03:33:57 GMT
What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:19 PM EST2013-12-05 00:19:06 GMT
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
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VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
A fire at an East Texas daycare center has left dozens of children without a place to go, and their teachers without work.
Around 11 Sunday morning, fire crews responded to Little Vandals Play and Learning Center on FM 314 in Van Zandt County.
Upon arrival, firefighters found thick black smoke and water damage, but fortunately nobody was inside. Those clues lead fire marshals to believe the fire had been smoldering for hours.
Now smoke stained walls, ash covered floors and singed tools for learning are among the things left behind from the fire.
What caused the fire that left the beloved daycare center out of service still isn't clear, but Van Zandt County Fire Marshall Chuck Allen says an initial walk-through indicates the fire was accidental.
"I'm leaning toward it being an electrical issue... in talking to the owners here at the daycare. They've had extensive issues with power surges and electrical issues inside the building during windstorms or rainstorms similar to what we had last night," Allen says.
It took crews from Van, Ben Wheeler and Edom nearly 40 minutes to wade through the smoke to the actual fire and get it under control.
"A couple of rooms completely burned up, but the rest of it... there's just heat and smoke damage anywhere there wasn't actual fire damage," says City of Van Fire Marshal Terry Blackmon.
Between the smoke, water and fire, the interior of the daycare center is completely damaged, leaving between 50 and 60 children looking for a place to temporarily learn.
"That's what you do when you go to daycare. They still do the curriculum and all that. It's sad," says Allen.
The insurance company, their investigator and electrical engineers will determine what exactly caused the fire later this week. Until then and for the weeks to come, Little Vandals will remain closed.
The Van Zandt County Fire Marshall says, the state fire marshal's office records showed Little Vandals was due for a fire inspection in a couple months. According to the state, their past records showed they had a good fire inspection history with no documented problems.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:15 PM EST2013-12-05 03:15:17 GMT
Wesley McDade (Photo courtesy Smith County Sheriff's Office)
From the Smith County Sheriff's Office: SMITH COUNTY, TX --On December 2, the Smith County Sheriff's Office asked for the public's assistance with locating Wesley Brian McDade, age 36, of Smith County.More >>
Man was featured on KLTV 7 Crimefighters earlier in the week.More >>
Monday, December 2 2013 2:07 PM EST2013-12-02 19:07:53 GMT
An East Texas man is behind bars after police say he murdered his wife, then fled the scene with his 4-year-old daughter prompting an amber alert to be issued.Marshall Police Public Information OfficerMore >>
An East Texas man is behind bars after police say he murdered his wife, then fled the scene with his 4-year-old daughter prompting an amber alert to be issued.More >>
Sunday, December 1 2013 8:34 PM EST2013-12-02 01:34:36 GMT
An Amber Alert has been issued for an East Texas girl, who was last seen with her father in a maroon 1998 Ford Expedition headed from Marshall, TX towards Dallas, TX.4-year-old Kylie Dunn was last seenMore >>
Family friends tell KLTV that the mother of 4-year-old Kylie Dunn is the victim of an apparent homicide.More >>
Saturday, November 30 2013 10:34 PM EST2013-12-01 03:34:31 GMT
Two East Texans died Friday evening after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a pickup truck in Canton.Joe and Dorothy Brents were pronounced dead at the scene after the accident. Officials tellMore >>
Two East Texans died Friday evening after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a pickup truck in Canton.More >>