NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans firefighters responded to a home explosion in Gentilly that left one man injured. The incident occurred Sunday at 8:27 a.m. in the 2600 block of Jasmine Street.
Fire officials say that crews arrived on scene and found two apartments in the three-unit dwelling fully engulfed in flames and mostly collapsed. Radiant heat and flying debris, caused by the explosion, left some nearby homes and vehicles damaged.
According to an NOFD spokesperson, the resident in the one of the apartments told fire officials that he woke up and was beginning his morning routine when the home exploded. The man escaped the apartment but received varying degrees of cuts and burns. EMTs transported the man to a nearby hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.
The spokesperson says that the other apartment was unoccupied.
Fire crews had the fire under control at 8:54 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The American Red Cross will provide assistance to those displaced by the explosion.