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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - 15 people from five families were displaced from their homes by three fires within a 4-hour period early Friday morning.
The first fire broke out around 4:30am on Eli Court in Terrytown. Five adults and five children from four families lost their home when the multi-unit building they lived in caught fire.
About an hour later, a three-alarm fire burned through a house in the Treme area. New Orleans firefighters say three structures were destroyed.
The NOFD was called to the 2200 block of St. Ann Street just before 5 a.m. When they arrived, the main structure and two other buildings were fully engulfed in flames. New Orleans Fire Superintendent Timothy McConnell said the house is a total loss.
"This is an example of property owners not taking care of properties," McConnell said. The buildings were abandoned and unkept.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. But McConnell suspects it could have been started by someone seeking shelter from the cold weather.
"We encourage everyone to take advantage of the city's freeze plan," McConnell said. "This is an example of a fire that could have been much worse."
The fire was under control just after 6 a.m.
A third fire started around 6:30am on Myrtle Grove Drive in Meraux. Five adults were inside the home at the time.
The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team provided lodging, food, and clothing to the 15 people involved in Friday's fires. Volunteers were also able to provide replacement medication to the five adults in Mereaux.
No injuries have been reported at any of Friday morning's fires.
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