NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A 28-year-old woman died in a Central City house fire this morning.
According to NOFD the fire started around 9:35 a.m. at 2403 S. Saratoga St. The witnesses who reported the first said that someone was trapped inside the home when they made the call.
A man told firefighters that he leaped from the second-story window, but his girlfriend was too frightened and stayed inside the shotgun double. A second alarm was called and firefighters began simultaneously searching for the woman while suppressing the fire. According to NOFD, they found the woman unconscious just outside a bedroom.
The woman was taken to the hospital by EMS where she died. Her boyfriend was also brought to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
A 7-year-old girl, the couple's niece, lived in the other half of the house and escaped unharmed. Her mother, the woman's sister, was at work during the time of the fire.
52 firefighters responded to the fire and it was reported under control by 10:25 a.m., less than an hour after it was reported. Investigators are still determining the cause of the fire.
According to NOFD, no fire alarmed were found inside the house. The Fire Department provides and installs smoke detectors for free. Anyone interested in having a smoke detector installed in their home is asked to call the community relations office at 504-658-4714.