ALGIERS, La. – On Tuesday morning, two firefighters were injured while fighting a fire in an Algiers home, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.
At 9:06 a.m., NOFD got a call reporting a fire at a single-story, occupied home at 923/925 Valette Street, a double home that had been converted into a single.
Seven minutes later, firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy smoke coming from the roof vents, indicating the fire had spread to the attic and into the entire home, NOFD said.
A second alarm was struck at 9:26 a.m.
The fire is believed to have started in or around the home’s laundry room and spread through the walls into the attic, eventually causing the collapse of the home’s rear wall. The cause is unknown, NOFD said.
A firefighter sprained his ankle and was treated at the scene.
A fire captain was temporarily knocked unconscious when he struck his head on a tree limb. He was transported to the hospital for further evaluation, but is believed to be OK, NOFD said.
Forty-seven fire personnel in 14 units had the fire under control by 9:59 a.m.
The New Orleans Police Department and Entergy Electric were on the scene to assist in the mitigation of this incident.
The American Red Cross provided canteen service and assisted the two residents with temporary shelter