New Orleans firefighters battle pair of 2-alarm blazes hours apart Monday

Just a few hours after a two-alarm fire was brought under control at a Lakeview home Monday (July 17), firefighters were dispatched to another two-alarm blaze at a Gentilly apartment complex, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.

No injuries were reported in either fire, both of which occurred at uninhabited places.

The Lakeview fire, in the 7400 block of General Haig Street, was reported at 1:16 p.m. The first NOFD company arrived on scene five minutes later to find heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof line of a utility room inside a one-story, wood-framed home, fire officials said.

A second alarm was struck at 1:39 p.m. after firefighters opted for more manpower due to the rainy weather and possibility of the fire spreading.

The fire was under control by 1:53 p.m., the NOFD said. The effort involved 17 NOFD units carrying 45 fire personnel, with assistance from the Orleans Levee Board Police.

Firefighters searched the home, which had been uninhabited for more than a year when the blaze began. 

At 4:31 p.m., the fire department received a call of smoke in the area of the 4200 block of Pauger Street. The first NOFD Company arrived on the scene at 4:40 p.m. and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the center of a vacant apartment complex building, according to fire officials.

At 4:51 p.m., a second alarm was struck for more firefighters to prevent the fire from spreading. Firefighters used forcible entry to get onto the property, officials said.

While attacking the fire, additional crews searched the entire apartment building, which has been vacant for more than four years.

Thirteen NOFD units, carrying 38 fire personnel, fought the blaze with help from New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and Dillard University Police.

The fire was under control by 5:29 p.m., according to the fire department.

The causes of both fires remain under investigation.

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