NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Several homes are destroyed, and part of a duplex has been damaged following a four-alarm fire in the Broadmoor neighborhood on Saturday, Aug. 5.
WGNO’s tower camera captured smoke in the 3100 block of Toledano Street.
Firefighters said the fire spread to three homes and one had been engulfed in flames and destroyed when they arrived at the scene around 5:00 p.m.
Michael Williams, a spokesperson for the New Orleans Fire Department, said, “They were able to rescue one person so far that we know of. Everyone else had gotten out.”
A second home was also destroyed by the fire. One neighbor said he was shocked by the size of the scene.
“I haven’t ever seen anything like this before ever, ever, ever. I saw flames everywhere. I saw power lines popping and the gas line bursting,” said Terrell Merrick, a neighbor.
Williams said getting rid of the flames was the NOFD’s biggest battle of the day.
“It’s constantly getting fuel so it’s going to continue to burn until the fuel has been removed. With a regular house fire, once the fuel has been burnt up, it’s exhausted and the fire will go out,” said Williams.
According to Williams, there was also a downed powerline. Entergy was on the scene to assess the safety.
Merrick said he believes one of the homes was abandoned, but Williams says it’s too early in the investigation to tell.
WGNO was told it was such a busy scene because more firefighters continued to get called to the scene to relieve each other and to make sure none of them suffered heat exhaustion.
NOFD officials said the resident who was rescued, an adult male, received an oxygen treatment from New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and was released at the scene.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.