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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Three-Alarm Fire at Apartment Complex in New Orleans East

July 14, 2013


New Orleans, LA. – Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 12:11 p.m. the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) was dispatched on a call of smoke in the area of 12151 N. I-10 Service Rd., the Windrun Apartments, in New Orleans East.  The first unit dispatched to the fire arrived on the scene at 12:17 p.m., finding fire quickly beginning to spread through the roof and attic areas of this two-story, 16-unit, occupied dwelling.  A second alarm was struck immediately at 12:22 p.m., a third alarm followed at 12:39 p.m. as the fire rapidly spread through the attics of this apartment building. 


A separate NOFD unit, dispatched earlier along with NOPD and NOEMS to an unrelated medical incident at the same location, quickly joined the suppression effort.  Members of NOPD went door-to-door alerting residents to get out of the building and assisted with the primary search of the bottom floors of the building.  All upstairs apartments of Building #10 suffered severe fire damage as the fire ravaged through the roof and attics of the building until it reached a brick fire-stop of an adjoining building.  Of the 16 units in Building #10, thirteen were occupied.  The others were furnished models used for applicant demonstrations. 


According to witnesses and residents at home when the fire began, lightning struck the roof of the building somewhere near apartments #1032 and #1034. The fire then smoldered in the attics for around 15 minutes before anyone noticed the building was on fire.  Twenty-three NOFD units carrying 70 suppression personnel were used to bring this incident under control at 1:49 p.m.  The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and Entergy were all on the scene to assist in the mitigation of this incident.  The American Red Cross was also on scene to assist the thirteen families displaced by this incident and to provide canteen service to Emergency Services personnel.   There were no injuries reported at the time of this release.  A secondary search and formal investigation of the structure are currently under way. 



1st alarm:                    12:11

On scene:                  12:17

2nd alarm:                   12:22

3rd alarm:                    12:39

Under control:           13:49

Units:                          23

Firefighters:               70

Injuries:                      No Injuries Reported

Cause:                       Lighting Strike




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Last updated: 1/13/2014 12:12:49 PM

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