May 19, 2024 | From New Orleans Fire Department

NOFD Assists with the Evacuation of Four Residents During Two-Alarm Fire

On Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 3:48 p.m., the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) was dispatched to the report of fire in the 1500 block of St. Bernard Ave. Arriving to the scene at 3:53 p.m., the working fire was located in the 1500 block of Marais St., two blocks away. An unoccupied dwelling at 1512 Marais St., was already heavily involved in flames upon arrival and beginning to extend to the rear of an occupied three-unit camel-back dwelling at 1508 Marais and 1253-55 Columbus St. NOFD firefighters assisted four residents with evacuation from the large, exposed property.


A second alarm was requested at 3:59 p.m., as firefighters fought to keep the fire from engulfing the entirety of the large triplex. Fifteen NOFD units, supported by forty-two Fire Operations personnel were used to bring this incident under control at 4:33 p.m. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to the assist the twelve residents of the triplex displaced by the incident. New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS) was called to the scene and evaluated several of the residents for smoke inhalation, but none required transport for further evaluation. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated but neighbors noted the abandoned building of origin was heavily frequented by vagrants and drug users.


911 Call Received:      3:48 p.m.           

1st Alarm:                    3:48 p.m.                           

On Scene:                    3:53 p.m.

2nd Alarm:                   3:59 p.m.                                                           

Under Control:           4:33 p.m.           

NOFD Personnel:       42          

NOFD Units:               15                          

Cause:                                 Under Investigation                       

Injuries:                      Four Adults evaluated for smoke inhalation