NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - High winds prompted evacuation of the neighboring residences as they battled the fire of a home fully engulfed in flames, according to Kenner officials.
Officials say the the Kenner Fire Department responded to calls of a house fire in the 400 block of Alliance Street around 12:11 a.m. Sunday. When crews arrived at the scene, they discovered a two unit duplex with flames coming from multiple windows of the building. A shed behind the building was also engulfed.
Additional personnel such as the Jefferson Parish East Bank Consolidated, and three units from the Third District Volunteer Fire Department, assisted the initial five KFD trucks on the scene. The team of responders had the fire under control at 1:28 a.m., according to officials.
One neighboring residence sustained some damage. Acting Fire Chief Joe Sunseri said Capt. Lance Levy and his team, with Operator Bobby Killian and Firefighter Doug Graffato, saved that home next door the moment the engulfed structure collapsed.
East Jefferson EMS remained on the scene for any first responders or residents with injuries.
A train was passing when first responders arrived on scene. Railroad officials were notified, and no rail traffic is allowed through the area until further notice.
Entergy and Atmos was called to the scene as there were reports of down power lines and a natural gas leak.
Mayor Ben Zahn expressed his gratitude to the Kenner Fire Department and neighboring first responders in a statement: