On Friday, April 04, 2014 at 5:56 pm, the New Orleans Fire Department received a 911 call reporting a fire with people trapped at 6101 Tullis Drive; Cypress Run Apartments.
The first company arrived on the scene at 6:01 pm to find heavy smoke in a three-story, wood-framed apartment building with two adults and two children on a third floor balcony. Firefighters immediately put a ladder up to the building as one of the adults attempted to lower another but was unable to hang on. A 24 year old female fell two stories and was transported by New Orleans Emergency Medical Services to a local hospital for her injuries. The other three civilians were safely removed by firefighters. A second alarm was called at 6:02 pm because of the close proximity of the apartments.
The fire started in a first floor apartment and the resident stated she was drying clothes and smelled something burning, opened the utility room, saw fire and shut the door. Due to the quick thinking of the resident the spread of fire was contained to the room of origin. The fire was placed under control at 6:14 pm. There were no other structures involved and there were no other injuries reported.
Eighteen NOFD units responded carrying 44 fire personnel and the cause of the fire was determined to be a dryer. The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, Entergy Electric and the American Red Cross also assisted with this incident.
Rec’d call: 5:56 pm
1st alarm: 5:56 pm
On scene: 6:01 pm
2nd alarm: 6:02 pm
Under control: 6:14 pm
Injuries: Civilian; injuries from fall