Three-alarm fire ravages unoccupied houses in Hollygrove

Published: May. 18, 2022 at 7:03 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A three-alarm fire tore through a row of three abandoned houses early Wednesday morning (May 18) in the Hollygrove neighborhood.

New Orleans firefighters worked nearly an hour to bring the blaze under control after it first was reported by a neighbor shortly before 6:30 a.m.

The fire quickly spread to destroy or badly damage three empty houses in the 3000 block of Eagle Street near the intersection with Colapissa Street.

The fire raged just a few doors down from the Grace Fellowship Church, but that structure was not damaged.

Residents of the neighborhood told Fox 8 that two of the destroyed houses had sat abandoned since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. The third damaged house had been unoccupied for at least four years, they said. The neighbors said complaints to the city about the blighted properties had gone unanswered for years.

No injuries have been reported from the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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