May 20, 2024 | From New Orleans Fire Department

NOFD Investigates One Alarm Residential Fire in the Lower Ninth Ward

On Monday, May 20, 2024, at 5:26 a.m., New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) personnel were dispatched to investigate the smell of smoke in the area of Galvez St and Fats Domino Blvd in the Lower Ninth Ward. While investigating a second dispatch was received to investigate smoke seen near Benton and Law Streets. The visibility of smoke and the orange glow of a working fire led firefighters to a two-story, single-family dwelling at 2606 Gordon St the second floor of which was already fully involved. Arriving on the scene at 5:37 a.m. firefighters quickly set up fire suppression operations while simultaneously conducting a primary search of the first floor of the dwelling. One dog was rescued at the door on the second floor, while another was recovered from nearby, having succumbed due to this incident. Neighbors stated that a third dog had escaped and been seen roaming the neighborhood.


Neighbors told NOFD Fire Operations personnel that the adult male resident hardly ever left the property. This along with the resident’s cars still being on the scene, prompted the request for a cadaver dog to the scene to search the charred remains of the collapsed dwelling. Nine NOFD units supported by twenty-nine Fire Operations personnel were used to bring this incident under control at 6:34 a.m. More information will be forthcoming once the search and investigation of this incident are complete.


Call Received:                  5:26 a.m.

First Alarm:                       5:28 a.m.

Arrival:                               5:37 a.m.

Under Control:                  6:34 a.m.

NOFD Personnel:             29

NOFD Units:                     9

Injuries/Fatalities:              1 dog deceased, 1 dog rescued, resident unaccounted for

Cause:                               Under Investigation