NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Fire Department, in conjunction with the Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal, made an arrest Wednesday in the fire that resulted in a six-alarm blaze in the 1000 block of Canal Street.
Through a joint investigation, it was determined that the fire was started by 25-year-old Darren Denley. Denley has been booked on municipal charges of setting fires and crossing police lines.
Investigators said Denley set a fire in the alcove of a business in the 1000 block of Canal Street in order to keep warm. The fire then extended into the building and grew unchecked for more than two hours until it caused a window in the building to break. That's when an employee in another business in the block became aware of the fire and alerted NOFD.
This catastrophic fire that had the potential to turn deadly was contained.
NOFD wants remind people that several shelter facilities are available throughout the city, and people seeking warmth are encouraged to seek shelter at one when necessary.