Fire starts in abandoned home, spreads to neighbor

A fire that started in a blighted home abandoned since Hurricane Katrina spread to a neighboring four-plex in the Broadmoor neighborhood this morning.

NEW ORLEANS -- A fire that started in a blighted home abandoned since Hurricane Katrina spread to a neighboring four-plex in the Broadmoor neighborhood this morning.

According to NOFD, firefighters were dispatched to the 4200 block of S. Rocheblave Street around 11:12 a.m. When they arrived only a few minutes later, firefighters found the unoccupied building at 4221 S. Rocheblave Street fully engulfed and flames and on the verge of collapse. The fire spread to the neighboring two-story, multi-unit dwelling according to NOFD, so firefighters called a second and eventually a third alarm.

All residents of the four-plex got out safely.

"This fire could have been much worse," said NOFD Superintendent Tim McConnell. "Taking into account the size of the fire on arrival, the job done by our firefighters was incredible."

According to fire department officials, the fire started in a single home that neighbors said has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina.

Neighbors said the fire happened quickly.

"I was laying on the sofa about to take a shower, when I smelled smoke," said Eddrin Williams, who lives in the multiple-unit home. "The neighbor came and told me the house next door was on fire, so I just grabbed my stuff and I came outside."

The fire was under control as of 1:48 p.m. according to NOFD. Twenty-two unites made up of 67 NOFD personnel responded. No injuries were reported and the cause is still under investigation.


(© 2016 WWL)


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