Wheelchair-bound man injured in overnight St. Claude fire

Wheelchair-bound man injured in overnight St. Claude fire

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man in a wheelchair suffered burns and smoke inhalation during an overnight fire at his St. Claude home.

New Orleans firefighters were called to the corner and S. Claiborne Avenue and Cadiz Street around 3 a.m. on Friday. The back of the residence was on fire.

First responders were told an elderly man was trapped in the basement of the apartment. Firefighters rushed in to find the man, whose close had caught on fire as a family member tried to rescue him from the room. However, the apartment was not wheelchair accessible.

Firefighters doused the man's clothing and carried him to safety. The victim was taken to an area hospital to be treated for burns and smoke inhalation. Another man and woman were also taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

NOFD investigators determined the fire began in the basement and was caused by a portable space heater.

The homeowner said that all units had smoke alarms, but was not sure if they were working because they did not go off.

Five other residents escaped uninjured. The fire was under control at 3:35 a.m. No firefighters were injured.

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