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Huge Mid-City fire destroys homes; displaces 22 people

The fire broke out inside a home in the 600 block of S. Solomon Street the NOFD reports.

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Fire Department battled a massive structure fire at a Mid-City home Sunday morning which displaced over a dozen residents.

It is unclear at this time what caused the fire to erupt at the home in the 600 block of South Solomon Street.

The fire broke out at about 6:09 a.m. and took firefighters a couple of hours to get under control. Several neighboring homes were also damaged by the fire which displaced 22 people from their homes the NOFD says.

A New Orleans Fire Department firefighter on the scene tells Eyewitness News when the first fire units arrived on the scene at the home they found a backyard shed and a vehicle on fire which quickly spread to the home and surrounding homes. 

“The shed in the rear of the home on South Solomon Street was heavily involved in fire. Because it was a corner lot, the shed is on Ulloa Street. The fire spread to a car in the driveway, then to the shotgun double located on Ulloa Street,” NOFD spokesperson Michael Williams says.

Williams also says that everyone was out of all three structures when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters also rescued two dogs from the fire. They were treated with oxygen on scene and are said to be OK.

The American Red Cross arrived on the scene to help the residents displaced by the fire.

Early Sunday morning the huge fire was putting out plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles along the Pontchartrain Expressway.

No one was injured in the fire according to NOFD.

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3-alarm fire 600 block of Solomon Street

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