NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Fire Department says multiple homes were damaged in the Treme neighborhood during a two-alarm fire in Treme Thursday afternoon.
The fire was first reported just before 3 p.m. in the 2400 block of Dumaine Street.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found an abandoned single-story, wood framed duplex with a fully involved fire at the rear of the home. The fire had already spread to the back of an occupied duplex to the right of the home and an occupied single-family home to the left of it.
Firefighters searched all three homes for occupants and attacked the fire from the inside.
Crews on the scene later noticed smoke coming from the roof of another home in the 2400 block of Dumaine St. three homes away from the original fire. They believe that embers from the initial fire fell through holes in the roof of the abandoned home causing it to burn.
Firefighters quickly moved to the home and worked to contain the fire to just the roof and the attic.
A home in the 800 block of North Tonti Street, which shares a backyard fence with the home where the fire originally started, suffered radiant heat damage to the back of the home.
Crews quickly brought the fires under control around 3:45 p.m.
The American Red Cross was called to the scene to offer assistance to the residents of the three occupied homes damaged in the incident.
No injuries were reported.
The NOFD says the cause of the fire is under investigation.