New Orleans, LA. – On Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 1:10AM, the New Orleans Fire Department responded to a working fire at 2816-2828 Urquhart Street.
The first company arrived on the scene at 1:12AM reporting fires in multiple areas of three wood frame structures that made up and apartment complex, extending to nearby exposures and totally destroying a warehouse. There was minimum exterior damage to three occupied doubles on St. Ferdinand Street; the residents were evacuated for their safety until the fire was placed under control. Three of the families were assisted by the American Red Cross due to electrical issues which forced Entergy to cut utilities. The main fire buildings had no utilities.
This apartment complex had been deemed unsafe for human habitation by the Department of Safety and Permits on July 31, 2013 and had a previous fire on August 06, 2013 in which firefighters found at least 10 people living in the building. During this incident the apartments had no utilities but had several extension cords connected to an adjacent structure. The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, the American Red Cross and Entergy responded to this incident. Three NOFD personnel sustained non-life threatening injuries when a floor collapsed. One fire captain sustained injuries to both knees and lower back, another captain sustained injuries to neck, back, leg and shoulder and a third sustained an injury to his right knee. The cause of the fire has been ruled suspicious and is currently under investigation.
1st alarm: 1:10AM
On scene: 1:12AM
2nd alarm: 1:16AM
3rd alarm: 1:26AM
4th alarm: 1:42AM
5th alarm: 2:03AM
Under control: 3:23AM
Injuries: 3 fire personnel
Cause: Suspicious/Under Investigation