(3/25/19) At least 17 people were displaced, some of them rescued, after a fire broke out Monday morning in Central City, spreading to a building the residents called home, officials said.
New Orleans firefighters worked Monday to extinguish the five-alarm fire, which broke out after 5 a.m. on Baronne Street near Felicity Street.
Investigators believe the blaze started in a small building and moved to a neighboring home, also threatening a third structure. WDSU reporter Heath Allen said officials told him the building where the fire broke out was abandoned and possibly home to squatters.
Neighbors told fire officials they would often see vagrants entering and exiting the vacant building where the fire originated, but officials were unable to confirm those reports.
The neighboring Central City building that also caught fire houses several apartment units, and four people had to be rescued from a second floor balcony, officials said.
The focus was on containing the fire and keeping it from spreading. Officials said multiple firefighters were brought in, increasing it to a five-alarm fire.
No injuries were reported, officials said.
Baronne Street was closed from Felicity to Jackson as firefighters battled the blaze.