NOFD battles one-alarm fire at The Presbytere in the French Quarter

Published: Apr. 3, 2016 at 9:51 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 3, 2016 at 10:28 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans firefighters responded, Sunday, to a one-alarm fire at the Presbytere, located in the 700 block of Chartres Street. The call came in to the NOFD, at 1:13 p.m.

An NOFD spokesperson says that when firefighters arrived on scene, they noticed smoke coming from all three levels of the building. Fire crews helped security evacuate people and employees out of the building.

According to the spokesperson, two air conditioner units, located on the first floor of the building's mechanical room were involved in the fire. Firefighters were able bring the fire under control at 1:37 p.m. The fire did leave some areas of the mechanical room heavily damaged. Light smoke damage was also reported on the second and third floors.

Louisiana State Museum officials say that the Presbytere will be closed for at least a week while crews assess the damage. None of the artifacts in the museum were damaged, according to a Louisiana State Museum spokesperson. The renovation work to the outside of the building was not affected and will resume.

No injuries were reported and investigators continue to search for what caused the fire.

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