NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A memorial is growing outside of the home where five people died in a fire Tuesday morning in Broadmoor.
Stuffed animals, toys and photos line the yard where three children and two adults were killed in an overnight fire. The fire broke out around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday in the 4300 block of South Miro Street.
School is back in session Wednesday morning at The Andrew H. Wilson Charter School just across the street from the home. Grief councilors will be on hand to talk to students and teachers about the loss of three young students.
The three children, identified as Jala, Jason and Jade, were found on the second floor of the home with their mother, 33-year-old Christina Squire. Family members say 77-year-old Martha Anderson, the grandmother of the children, was found dead on the first floor.
New Orleans Fire Department Supt. Tim McConnell said if the home had working smoke alarms, the family would've woken up sooner. "I truly believe, I know for a fact, the outcome would've been different," McConnell said.
McConnell says scenes like the one in Broadmoor are a sad reality because so many homes across the city don't have working smoke alarms.
"Money should be no object in this, money is no object. If you need a smoke alarm, ask a firefighter," McConnell said.
New Orleans firefighters offer free smoke alarms to people who need them.
Firefighters will be going door-to-door in the Broadmoor neighborhood later this week urging people to install smoke alarms if they don't already have them.