NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)- At 8:27 a.m. the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) received a 911 call reporting an explosion in the 2600 block of Jasmine St. in the area of the city known as Gentilly. A one-alarm was dispatched at 8:28 a.m. The NOFD’s Engine 12 was near the neighborhood and noticed smoke in the area. Responding to the incident prior to being dispatched, they arrived on the scene in two minutes and immediately requested a second-alarm at 8:30 a.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found an occupied three-unit wood-framed dwelling at 2665 Jasmine St. (with apts. A&B) fully involved in flames and already mostly collapsed. The force of the explosion caused considerable damage from radiant heat and propelled debris to the homes and vehicles to the immediate left (2659 Jasmine St.) and right (2675 Jasmine St.) of the original fire building. The residents of both exposures all escaped safely and uninjured.
The resident in the apartment at 2665-A Jasmine told NOFD and New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS) personnel that shortly after he had awaken and began his morning routine, the home exploded. The victim was able to escape, but suffered varying degrees of burns and cuts. He was transported to an area hospital by NOEMS for treatment. The resident in the main portion of the dwelling at 2665 Jasmine St was not at home at the time of the explosion and the apartment at 2665-B Jasmine St was unoccupied.
Sixteen NOFD units carrying forty-five Fire Operations and support personnel responded to this incident, bringing it under control at 8:54 a.m. There were no other injuries reported and cause of the explosion is currently under investigation with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Along with NOEMS, the New Orleans Police Department and Entergy assisted with the mitigation of this incident. The American Red Cross has been called to the scene to assist the residents displaced by this explosion.