New Orleans, La. – The New Orleans Fire Department responded to a four-alarm fire in the 3000 block of Delachaise Street around 12:30 a.m. Saturday that left five people displaced.
Fire crews arrived on the scene at 12:35 am and discovered a large two-story, unoccupied dwelling was fully engulfed. In addition, the fire had already extended itself to a two-story four-plex, with two units occupied, next door.
A third and fourth alarm were called for additional resources and manpower to prevent the fire from extending and damaging other properties in this populated neighborhood.
Both families occupying the neighboring exposure got out safely.
Through interviews with the occupants next door and other residents of the neighborhood, firefighters were able to determine that the original fire building had been abandoned since Hurricane Katrina and had sustained severe structural damage prior to the fire.
Investigators say the entire structure was consumed in this fire, with only the façade still standing.
The neighboring home sustained considerable damage, with almost all of the two occupied units on the second floor destroyed.
The fire was listed under control at 2:13 a.m.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.