NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Five people are dead following an early morning fire in Broadmoor, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.
The fire broke out around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday in the 4300 block of South Miro Street. Crews arriving on the scene found the two-story home engulfed in flames.
Firefighters say they were met by a man who stated he lived at the residence and his mother, girlfriend and kids. He informed crews that his family was still inside
Fire officials say that the body of an elderly woman was found on the first floor of the building. A mother and her three children were killed on the second floor.
A family member of the deceased has identified the elderly victim as 77-year-old Martha Anderson, the grandmother of the children killed. The mother, identified as 33-year-old woman named Christina Squire, was found upstairs with her children Jala, Jason and Jade.
The father of the deceased also tells officials that there were no working smoke detectors in the home.
"I've stated over and over again, in my entire career I've never experienced a fire fatality where there were working smoke detectors in the home," said Superintendent Timothy McConnell. "This is a tragedy of unspeakable proportion, God bless the souls of this family."
The Andrew H. Wilson Charter School will be closed on Tuesday following the fire. The three children killed were students at the school. School officials have been contacted and will be offering grief counseling for the students, teachers and administrators of the school.
Jade, Jason and Jala were in third, sixth and seventh grade respectively. Squire volunteered at the school. The school principal said the staff and faculty loved her.
The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by the NOFD, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department.
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