NEW ORLEANS -- Firefighters are on the scene of a three-alarm blaze in the Uptown area in the 800 block of Cadiz Street, in between Magazine and Constance streets.
According to the New Orleans Fire Department, two buildings were damaged in the fire, including an apartment building. All of seven of the residents were able to get out of the apartment building, and no injuries have been reported.
The fire broke out in the apartment building and spread to a second structure -- a roofing and sheet metal business. Both buildings suffered heavy damage.
Around 3 a.m., the call came in reporting the fire. The fire has been extinguished, and crews remain on the scene tending to possible hotspots and trying determine to the cause and origin of the blaze.
Fire officials said the lack of smoke detection devices in the apartment building delayed the response by the NOFD, and more of the building may have been saved from damage had the building had smoke detectors.
The Red Cross is assisting the five families displaced by the fire.