NEW ORLEANS – A three alarm blaze completely destroyed two unoccupied homes and damaged a neighboring home in St. Roch early Thursday morning, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.
Around 1:06 a.m., NOFD received several calls reporting multiple homes were on fire near the intersection of N. Dorgenois Street and Franklin Avenue.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they discovered two single-story, wood-frame, shotgun doubles on fire.
The homes did not have utilities and had not been lived in since Hurricane Katrina, the NOFD said.
The house at 2716/18 N. Dorgenois was fully involved in flame on both sides and from the front to the rear, which caused it to collapse and be deemed completely destroyed, firefighters said.
Originally only the entire front half of 2712/14 N. Dorgenois was aflame, but the fire spread throughout the home and it was also totally destroyed.
Neighbor’s homes were only three to four feet away, so some firefighters focused on protecting these occupied homes with a water curtain, NOFD said, while other crews battled to contain the huge blaze.
The occupied corner home at 2432/34 Franklin Avenue sustained some damage to the two rear rooms, firefighters said. The American Red Cross was on the scene to assist the two adult residents of the home.
Firefighters were able to protect the other neighboring home at 2710 N. Dorgenois.
A total of 24 units and 70 firefighters had the fire under control by 2:13 a.m.
No injuries were reported and firefighters are investigating the cause.