3-alarm fire breaks out at school under renovation in Touro area

3-alarm fire breaks out at school under renovation in Touro area

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Firefighters responded Monday to a three-alarm fire at a school under renovation in the Touro area.

The fire was reported 4:30 p.m. at the frank T. Howard school at Camp and Foucher streets.

The fire appears to be contained to the third floor attic and may have been caused by lightning, according to reporter Ryan Naquin, who spoke with Fire Chief Tim McConnell at the scene.

The city released the following statement:

"New Orleans, LA- Sunday, May 30, 2016 at 4:01 p.m. the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) received a 911 call to investigate a possibility of smoke near Foucher and Coliseum Street.  Engine 16 was dispatched to investigate.  Minutes later, a second caller reported smoke coming from a building at 3601 Camp St.  At that time 911 dispatchers completed the 1st-alarm to have additional companies respond. When the first company arrived they found heavy black smoke exiting from the roof of the building.  The building was reported to have formerly been the Free School of New Orleans.  It is currently undergoing renovations to become condominiums.  Firefighters had difficulty reaching the seat of the fire due to its' location at the peak of the roof in the attic. The call was made for a second-alarm at 4:16 p.m.  A subsequent 3rd alarm was called for at 4:39 p.m. Firefighters aggressively attacked the fire and were able to keep the fire contained to the initial fire building. The fire was placed under control at 6:41 p.m. While on the scene, Superintendent McConnell commented on the "remarkable job done by the responding firefighters. I can't say enough about the effort put forth by our guys preventing the fire's spread to the entire roof and the loss of the entire building."  Currently there are no firefighter or civilian injuries reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and Entergy all responded to assist with the mitigation of this incident."

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