Bayou St. John house catches fire Sunday evening

A dog was killed in the blaze

Bayou St. John house catches fire Sunday evening
A house caught fire in the 1000 block of North Lopez Street on Oct. 21, 2018. (Source: WVUE)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A house in the Bayou St. John area caught fire Sunday evening (Oct. 21), killing dog and injuring a cat, according to witnesses.

The fire broke out around 5 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Lopez Street. The fire was quickly under control, but rescuers were unable to save the life of a dog who was inside the house. A witness said he saw firefighters carrying a cat away from the home, but was unsure if they were able to save it.

A neighbor said he was biking home from the bayou when he passed by the blaze. The man said he watched on as EMS attempted to revive the dog, but ultimately were unable.

“They were really fighting to save its life,” the man said. “I’m so upset from seeing that, but it’s amazing how hard they were trying to save a dog."

No further information was immediately available, including the cause of the fire or the condition of the cat.

The two-alarm fire was the second of the day. NOFD responded to a two-alarm fire on Franklin Avenue Sunday morning after a vacant house caught fire around 7:30 a.m. A trailer was destroyed and structures and vehicles at a nearby auto repair shop were damaged by the flames, but no injuries were reported. Radiant heat from the fire also damaged the siding of an exposed home.

Bayou St. John house fire (Courtesy WVUE Fox-8 viewer)

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