NEW ORLEANS - A three-alarm house fire that broke out in a Garden District home around 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday was under control by 6:50 a.m., according to the New Orleans Fire Department.
The large brick house, located in the 1400 block of Third Street, was under renovation and no one was living inside, according to neighbors.
Firefighters arrived on scene after receiving a call from a neighborhood security guard who smelled smoke.
The first alarm was struck at 4:25 a.m. when the blaze was observed in the two-family house. The fire took a long time to get under control because of the delayed detection, according to the NOFD.
The fire was discovered to be heaviest in the attic, where the ceilings were made of old plaster and flames ran from one end to the other, the NOFD said.
Firefighters continuously blasted water cannons towards the roof and second floor of the house, where hot spots were seen flaring up.
Eventually, the roof collapsed and firefighters were better able to access the attic, NOFD said. However, this created many void spaces that could be hiding hot spots.
Once the fire was under control and a crew was able to enter the home, they had to pick through this area to make sure any spots were diminished.
The investigation is ongoing into what caused the fire and there are no reported injuries.