A Beloved St. Tammany Parish fire chief has died after suffering a series of strokes.
District Chief Carroll P Poche III, age 50, was taken off of life support after spending several days in a hospital receiving care.
His department, St. Tammany Fire District 9, posted a heartbreaking and heartfelt message on Sunday (May 22).
“Carroll was only 50 years old but lived a wonderful life, and more importantly, made others’ lives better,” the message said. “He constantly gave of himself to whoever needed his assistance. He never said no and he was a tremendous force in all our lives.”
Poche served as the fire chief of District 9, which serves the Bush and Sun areas, for over 28 years.
WVUE-TV FOX 8 New Orleans
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A large number of Shreveport Fire Department crews are on the scene of a fire that broke out on the east side of town near the Shreve City Shopping Center.
Just after 1:00 a.m. Friday, firefighters responded to an emergency on the 1300 block of Shreveport Barksdale Highway in The Hookah District Vibe Dining. Twenty-six units responded to the scene.
When the first units arrived on the scene five minutes after the call they found the building fully engulfed in flames. While battling the blaze a mayday was called, pulling all team members out while a rapid intervention team went in to rescue a firefighter.
Officials say one crewman did become disoriented but was able to return to fighting the fire.
Crews are still working to contain the blaze.
The business owner and manager are on the scene.
KTAL-TV NBC 6 Texarkana
At least a dozen units with the Shreveport Fire Department responded to a truck on fire in a parking garage Thursday afternoon (May 26).
The call first went out around 2:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Line Avenue between Jordan and Herndon streets. KSLA crews on scene report seeing a vehicle on fire in a parking garage at that location.
Fire Chief Clarence Reese says when firefighters arrived, they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the third level of the parking garage, which has apartments just one level above. A pickup truck was on fire.
As of 3:20 p.m., the fire was under control thanks to the work of five units and 15 firefighters, the chief says. Crews remained on scene for some time to double check the apartments above to make sure the fire had not spread in any way.
KSLA-TV CBS 12 Shreveport
Crews remain on the scene of a fire in west Shreveport on Friday morning.
Dispatchers got the call just before 8 a.m. on May 27 to an auto business near the corner of Greenwood and Pines Road.
Firefighters at the scene say heavy smoke was coming from the building — where there were cars inside.
No one was injured. The building was unoccupied at the time.
It took about 20 minutes to get the fire under control.
According to Caddo911, at one point 18 fire units were on the scene.
KSLA-TV CBS 12 Shreveport