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ALGIERS, La. -- Five New Orleans firefighters suffered injuries while responding to a three-alarm blaze Sunday in Algiers, but the injuries do not seem to be serious, according to fire officials.

The fire happened around 7:30 a.m. at the Audubon View Apartments, and officials said it was under control about an hour later.

New Orleans Fire Department officials said visibility inside the apartment was poor because of thick smoke. While searching the apartments, three firefighters and one captain fell through the second floor of one of the units. Another captain fell through the floor of a nearby unit while trying to stop the spread of the fire.

Two of the firefighters were taken to a nearby hospital with reports of back, ankle and knee pain. The three other firefighters remained on duty.

Officials said the injuries are not believed to be serious and shouldn't warrant extended medical care.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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