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NEW ORLEANS, LA - A family from the lower Garden District is lucky to be alive, after they narrowly escaped their home that caught fire Monday morning. The New Orleans Fire Department received a 911 call shortly before 6:30 am, alerting firefighters of possible people trapped inside a home in the 800 block of St. Andrew near Annunciation Street,
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they noticed heavy smoke coming from the upstairs window of this two-story, townhouse-styled apartment. They were informed that all five residents, which included a mother, father and their three children, ages 6, 9 and 16. .
Firemen believe the fire started in an upstairs bedroom of the two younger children. The mother says she was alerted by a smoke detector and soon after heard one of her sons yelling that there was smoke upstairs. Both boys ran downstairs through the smoke as the entire family yelled back upstairs to try to alert the 16yr old daughter who was still in her room.
The teenager reportedly yelled that she could not get out and her mother advised her to jump from her bedroom window. The teenager jumped from the second story window injuring one of her ankles. She was transported to an area hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and an unspecified ankle injury.
Although believed to be suspicious, the actual cause of the fire is still being investigated. While on the scene Superintendent McConnell noted that, "this is another example of smoke detectors preventing what could have been a horrific tragedy and our firefighters doing an amazing job of keeping this fire from spreading." The New Orleans Fire Department would like to remind residents of Orleans Parish that the New Orleans Fire Department will supply and install smoke detectors for residents in need.
Orleans residents in need of smoke detectors can stop by their area fire station to make the request or visit www.nola.gov/nofd to sign up online. Area residents outside of Orleans Parish can also request smoke detectors through the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office and their "Operation Save a Life" online at www.lasfm.org.