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Three-alarm fire displaces nearly 30 residents at Algiers apartment complex

Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 5:50 AM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A three-alarm fire raged early Monday (Dec. 6) at the Cypress Run Apartments complex in Algiers, displacing 31 residents.

Occupants smelled smoke around 4:40 a.m. and began evacuating the first involved three-story building before New Orleans Fire Department crews arrived on scene nine minutes later, resident Kiesha Williams told WVUE-Fox 8. Firefighters arrived and began calling for reinforcements quickly to contain the blaze, sounding a second alarm at approximately 4:59 a.m. and a third alarm at 5:33 a.m.

The Cypress Run Apartments are located at 6101 Tullis Dr.

“These buildings are very old,” said Williams, who has rented at the complex for about two years. “Things seem to always catch on fire here, because everything is messed up and old.”

NOFD Superintendent Roman Nelson said no injuries were reported among occupants escaping the fire. One firefighter working to extinguish the fire sustained what Nelson described as a “minor” right arm injury that did not require hospital treatment.

Fifteen of the 16 units in the affected building were occupied when the fire broke out, Nelson said. A preliminary analysis indicates the fire likely started in the bedroom of an apartment on the three-story building’s top floor, but the cause remains under investigation, Nelson said.

“The resident was home when the fire started,” Nelson said. “She says the smoke alarm went off as she was about to take a bath. Looks like it started in the bedroom. We’re not sure exactly how it started, but we’re investigating that it looks like it started at the mattress.

“The fire quickly spread to the attic. When our officers first arrived to the scene, the fire was already extending out of the attic.”

The NOFD dispatched 54 firefighters on 23 units to combat the fire, which finally was brought under control 15 7:06 a.m.

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