Fire damages Tulane University fraternity house, injures fire captain

Fire damages Tulane University fraternity house, injures fire captain

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Fire damages Tulane University fraternity house, injures fire captain

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Posted on October 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 9 at 10:33 AM

Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS – A 3-alarm fire damaged a Tulane University fraternity house after a party early Sunday, injuring a New Orleans fire captain who fell through the floor while trying to fight the blaze.

The fire at the Zeta Psi Fraternity house in the 700 block of Broadway broke out just before 5 a.m., according to the New Orleans Fire Dept. 

Fraternity members were hosting a party Saturday night, and the Halloween decorations at the home made it more difficult for fire crews to put out the flames, according to a news release from the fire department.

When they got to the scene, firefighters found the rear of the two-story house completely engulfed in flames.  The fire soon spread to the attic and was close to overtaking the entire home, firefighters said.

A fire captain was injured when he and another firefighter fell through a floor in the rear of the building.  The captain was transported to a local hospital with what is believed to be an injury to the shoulder or upper arm.  Another firefighter was treated on the scene for exhaustion and dehydration.

No one inside the fraternity house at the time of the fire was injured, according to the NOFD.

After speaking to a witness, fire investigators believe the fire may have started in the kitchen area.  The cause is still under investigation, however.

More than 60 firefighters worked to bring the fire under control in about 90 minutes. 

It was the third fire in the city in less than 24 hours, including a two-alarm fire around 10 p.m. Saturday on S. Galvez, in an unoccupied house.  That followed another two-alarm fire in New Orleans East, on Avalon Way, that firefighters said may have been sparked by a child playing with a cigarette lighter.  No injuries were reported in either of those fires.

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