NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Fire Department says five people including a firefighter were injured in a three-alarm fire in New Orleans East.
Officials were called to a vehicle fire in the 14400 block of Peltier Drive around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Shortly after, they began getting multiple calls stating the building began to catch fire.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they learned that residents inside of the upstairs apartments were trapped inside of the burning building which housed commercial units on the first floor and apartments on the second and third floors.
Firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from the roof and flames in the rear of the apartment complex.
Officials say several firefighters immediately began going door-to-door to evacuate residents in the apartment complex.
While firefighters battled the blaze, one firefighter heard screams coming from a rear second-floor window located in the building's parking lot area. As firefighters raised the ladder, a woman threw her child out of the window to firefighters below.
Due to the intensity of the fire, firefighters were also forced to evacuate a detached eight-unit apartment building that shared the parking lot with the building where the fire originated.
Firefighters say four people were rescued during the fire.
One woman suffered a hip injury and smoke inhalation. Another woman and two children were also treated for smoke inhalation.
A firefighter was also injured during the fire. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for an injury to his right shoulder.
Firefighters managed to get the fire under control just after 3 a.m.
NOFD says they will remain on the scene to make sure all smoldering fire has been extinguished.