Watch fire gut florist shop in Gretna

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GRETNA - A fire tore through a historic florist shop in Gretna this morning.

Firefighters battled the blaze for hours this morning beginning at 7:21 a.m. as the Le Grand the Florist shop on Huey P Long Avenue was completely consumed.

Icicles formed on firefighting equipment and on the firefighters' helmets as they worked to fight back the roaring flames.

Davy Crockett Volunteer Fire Department chief Michael Labruzza said crews had to retreat initially because the flames were too intense.

Both floors of the building were engulfed, but the firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby building, Labruzza said.

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A viewer submitted video from the scene shows flames bursting from the shop’s picture windows and smoke billowing out of the building as the fire was brought under control.

Glass can be heard shattering from the heat as firefighters maneuver to beat back the flames.

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