Building, cars burned in apparent Uptown arson fire

Building, cars burned in apparent Uptown arson fire

Flames ripped through an apartment building and left three vehicles charred after an apparent arson fire early Thursday morning, according to a spokesperson with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The residence is located at the intersection of Prytania and Constantinople streets in the Uptown area of New Orleans. Firefighters arrived on scene around 2:30 a.m. and found the two vehicles engulfed in flames. The fire spread to the rear of the home in the 1400 block of Constantinople St.

Crews extinguished the fire in the carport, where another vehicle was burned.

The building belongs to prominent political operative Mario Zervigon, according to the ATF.


He helped eight people, including his wife and children, escape from the home, according to | The Times-Picayune.

Zervigon serves as the campaign finance director for Public Service Commission candidate Forest Wright. He also recently worked on the campaign of former New Orleans City Council Member Cynthia Hedge-Morrell.

Three cats were killed in the fire but two other pets were rescued. One firefighter was treated on the scene for suspected fatigue and transported to a local hospital by New Orleans EMS for observation.

Zervigon told he was unaware of any threats and surprised by the incident.

The blaze is being investigated by the ATF and state fire marshal.

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