NEW ORLEANS – Ten people are without a home after a two-alarm fire early Thursday morning swept through a series of apartments.
Officials said the building housed four different apartment units. All of the residents were able to get out of the home safely, but not without some scary moments.
"I'd never been in a fire before," said Leslie Molson, who has lived at the complex for five years. "I just saw smoke... I was woken up by my husband screaming that there is smoke in the apartment."
Officials said the fire began around 4:30 a.m. and reached two alarms. When firefighters arrived, they said the two-story home was engulfed, with heavy smoke and fire already coming from the roof of the building. After making sure everyone was out of the home, firefighters said they began making sure the fire didn't reach any other buildings nearby.
"It's pretty devastating," Molson said. "My mother died a year and a half ago, so all of her stuff was in my apartment, so that means all of our stuff is gone. The most important thing is that no one was killed or seriously injured."
The Red Cross was on scene to assists those who were displaced. Forty-nine firefighters responded to the blaze, and officials said none of them were injured.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Louisiana Avenue was closed for about two hours during morning rush hour due to the house fire.