NOFD battle four-alarm fire at Esplanade and N. Villere

New Orleans, La - Firefighters with the New Orleans Fire Department battled a four-alarm house fire Sunday. The fire was located at the intersection of Esplanade and N. Villere in the Treme neighborhood.

According to an NOFD spokesperson, the first crew arrived on the scene at 4:52 p.m. to find heavy smoke coming from the windows near the front of the house. By 5:15 p.m., a fourth alarm was called for.

High winds from an approaching storm forced firefighters off their ladders. It also caused firefighters battling the fire from inside to exit the structure.

Fire crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring structures. There were no injuries to reports.

A total of 25 NOFD units and 82 firefighters were used. They were able to bring the fire under control around 7:00 p.m. The American Red Cross will provide assistance to the families who were displaced.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.