NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — An appliance repair shop and two neighboring homes were severely damaged when a three-alarm fire raged in the St. Claude neighborhood Saturday night (October 15), the New Orleans Fire Department said.
The fire was first reported at 6:22 p.m. when heavy smoke and flames could be seen in the attic of the store at 1629 Franklin Avenue. Firefighters arrived five minutes later, but were forced to raise a second alarm at 18:31 and a third alarm at 18:50 as the fire spread to two single-story timber-frame semi-detached houses on either side of the repair shop.
It finally took 19 units with 68 firefighters to bring the fire under control at 20:23. No injuries were reported, but the NOFD said five residents were evicted from the homes, who suffered “moderate” fire, smoke and water damage.
The repair shop where the fire originated suffered severe fire damage, the NOFD said. The cause of the fire is being further investigated.
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