NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Three people are without a home Sunday after a 2-alarm-fire in an Uptown neighborhood. The New Orleans Fire Department received the call at about 5:10 a.m. and was on the scene 7 minutes later.
The NOFD responded to a single-story wood-framed shotgun double house in the 1800 Block of Jena St. at 5:17 a.m. and when firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the back of the home. It was discovered that the fire had started in a detached shed in the backyard and spread to the house.
Due to how close the surrounding homes were, along with the thick leafy trees restricting the visibility of the firefighters, a second alarm was called at 5:36 p.m., according to the NOFD. All residents were able to get out safely.
The blaze also traveled to another detached shed at a nearby home but did not do damage to the house on the property.
Investigators are currently in the process of gathering evidence and information to identify the person(s) responsible for this incident, as well as a motive. No additional details are currently available.
In total, 15 trucks carrying 43 firefighters were able to get the blaze under control at 6:31 a.m. No injuries were reported from the incident and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.