2-alarm fire breaks out in abandoned Mid-City hotel

2-alarm fire breaks out in abandoned Mid-City hotel

New Orleans firefighters responded Tuesday to a two-alarm fire in an abandoned Mid-City hotel.

The fire broke out just before 8 p.m. near the intersection of S. White Street and Tulane Avenue.

Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control. The building was supposed to be secured but police said there were mattresses laid out and it appeared people had been sleeping there.

No one was injured in the fire.

The NOFD released the following account:

"On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:43 p.m. the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) received a 911 call reporting a fire in an abandoned hotel in the 2800 block of Tulane Ave. The first of twenty-one NOFD units arrived on the scene of 2820 Tulane Ave. at 7:46 p.m. finding an abandoned three-story, multi-unit commercial structure, formerly the Patio Motel, with heavy smoke exiting its third floor windows. Taking into account the size of the structure, its former occupancy and the high possibility of vagrants, a second-alarm was struck almost immediately at 7:49 p.m. A District Chief was the first arriving NOFD unit. After giving a size-up of the incident to incoming companies, he enlisted the assistance of arriving New Orleans Police officers to assist with the evacuation of the LePetit Motel, an occupied adjacent hotel located at 2836 Tulane. These officers also restricted all traffic on Tulane Ave. to incoming NOFD units only.

"After determining that the building's sprinkler system was inoperable, NOFD suppression crews made their way up a stairwell and located the fire in a row of rooms on the third floor. A primary search of all rooms on all floors of the structure was conducted simultaneously. While on the scene, Superintendent Timothy McConnell praised the efforts his firefighters. “The open ceilings on each floor offered limited fire-stops. Our guys did an excellent job of getting ahead of this fire, preventing what could have been a disaster.” Sixty-one NOFD suppression and support personnel were used to bring this incident under control at 8:23 p.m. At least five rooms were involved and obvious signs of vagrants or squatters were noticed inside the structure. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and Entergy were all on scene to assist with the mitigation of this incident."

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