Firefighters battle three-alarm blaze in Broadmoor

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Firefighters are on the scene of a three-alarm fire in the Broadmoor neighborhood. The fire is at General Pershing and South Rocheblave and involves two buildings. One was abandoned and the other was a four-plex. One person was home in the four-plex, but the resident made it out safely.

Derrick Todd, who lived in the four-plex, said he had all his belongings packed because he was moving to Metairie. He lost everything in the fire, he said. He also said there was a lot of suspicious activity at the abandoned home next door. His cat Coco is still missing.

Gideon Hodge, Todd's neighbor, said that when he heard about the fire he rushed home and ran inside despite heavy smoke and active flames. He said he had to grab his computer, since he's been working on a novel. He was later seen comforting a blonde woman who ran past TV cameras crying.

NOFD Captain Edwin Holmes said the fire is not considered suspicious at this time, but it did start in that abandoned home and there are no utilities there.