City of New Orleans, LA

07/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/10/2019 19:07

Two Alarm Fire Displaces Four Families

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 12:51 am, the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) responded to a 911 call reporting a residential fire in the 3500 block of Baronne St. The first responding fire crews arrived at 3508-10 and 3512-14 Baronne Street to find two single-story, wood framed duplexed family dwellings fully involved in fire. A second-alarm was requested immediately due to the number of occupied family units involved and the close proximity of other occupied dwellings. Both structures were totally destroyed and posed immediate threats to occupied exposures on both sides. All eight residents were outside when fire crews arrived on the scene. Several of the residents said the smoke alarms provided and installed by the NOFD had alerted them to the fire. A resident at 3508 Baronne St. stated the fire started on the 3510 Baronne St. side in a window air conditioner unit and spread so fast they could only escape with their lives. The exposed property on the left, at 1734-16 Delachaise, sustained moderate damage to an exterior wall due to radiant heat, along with smoke and water damage. The exposure on the right, at 3516-18 Baronne St., sustained similar damage from radiant heat and smoke. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported and the American Red Cross was requested to assist the displaced residents. Sixteen NOFD units carrying forty-four Fire Operations personnel were used to place this incident under control at 1:56 am.

The New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS), the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and Entergy responded to assist the NOFD with this incident. As always we would like to remind citizens that 'Smoke Alarms, Saves Lives' and encourage any Orleans Parish resident in need of a smoke alarm to please contact the NOFD at 504-658-4714 or make your request online at www.nola.gov/nofd.

Received: 12:51 am

Dispatched: 12:51 am

On Scene: 12:56 am

Second Alarm: 12:56 am

Under control: 1:56 am

NOFD Units: 16

NOFD Personnel: 44

Cause: AC window Unit/Under Investigation

Injuries: No Injuries Reported