NEW ORLEANS – A one-alarm fire at an apartment complex that had been deemed unsafe for human habitation injured one of at least 10 people that had been living inside, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.
At 4:24 a.m. on Tuesday, the NOFD responded to a fire at 2816 Urquhart St. They received notification from an unknown caller that stated the house was on fire and that many people may be trapped. The caller then hung up, fire officials said.
When first responders got to the scene at 4:29 a.m., they saw fire coming from the front and side of a two-story, wood-frame complex that had seventeen one-room units.
One crew attacked the fire from the front while another made forcible entry into the locked driveway gate, NOFD said.
As firefighters entered and searched the structure, many residents escaped from their rear window, officials said.
A man was discovered in an apartment that was filled with smoke. He was escorted outside to safety and then transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation, NOFD said.
The apartment complex had no utilities but several extension cords were connected to many of the apartments from an adjacent home at 2828 Urquhart St., officials said.
On Wednesday, the Department of Safety and Permits had deemed the structure unsafe for human habitation. At least 10 people were found in the building, according to NOFD.
Nine units carrying 23 fire personnel had the fire under control by 4:56 a.m. and extinguished by 5:28 a.m.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Besides the fire department, New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and American Red Cross responded to the incident.