NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans fire fighters battled a two-alarm fire Saturday that left one dog dead and multiple apartments damaged. Fire fighters were called to an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Westbend Parkway, Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
According to an NOFD spokesperson, firefighters immediately called for a second alarm upon arriving due to the nature of the fire. The blaze engulfed the three-story wood-framed building. Fire crews went door to door making sure everyone got out of the building safely. They also evacuated residents in neighboring buildings because the heat was beginning to damage exterior walls of the buildings.
An adult female, who was complaining of smoke inhalation, was treated on scene by EMTs. Fire crews retrieved two dogs from the burning building. One of the two dogs died while the other was given oxygen before being released to its owner. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the eighteen residents who were displaced due to the fire.
The fire was put under control at 8:25 p.m. and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.