NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A three-alarm fire Thursday in Broadmoor destroyed an abandoned building and an adjacent four-plex, which was occupied.
The fire broke out at about 11 a.m. in the 4200 block of South Rocheblave Street. All of the residents escaped without injury.
NOFD Chief Timothy McConnell said the the first NOFD company arrived on the scene at 11:16 a.m. and found an unoccupied ,single-story, wood-framed home at 4221 S. Rocheblave St. already fully involved and on the verge of collapse. The fire had extended to the occupied home next door, and firefighters requested a second alarm at 11:17 a.m. A third alarm was called for at 11:31 a.m. as the fire quickly spread through the multi-unit structure.
Witnesses said the fire began in the abandoned house, which had no working utilities and, according to neighbors, was in a blighted condition and had been empty since Hurricane Katrina.
"This fire could have been much worse," McConnell said. "Taking into account the size of the fire on arrival, the job done by our firefighters was incredible."
Twenty-two NOFD units carrying 67 Fire Operations personnel responded to the fire. Late Thursday afternoon investigators were awaiting an "all clear" notification to begin determining the cause. The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal and Entergy were all on scene. The American Red Cross has been requested to assist displaced residents with their immediate housing and clothing needs. This fire was declared under control at 1:48 p.m., McConnell said