New Orleans, LA. – Friday morning, April 12, 2013 a mother and four children were alerted by a neighbor allowing them to escape a two alarm fire at 1316, 1318 Teche Street, resulting in a one-year old being transported by EMS to a local hospital for smoke inhalation.
Dispatched at 10:16 a.m., the first company arrived on the scene at 10:20 a.m. and struck a second alarm immediately. Once on scene firefighters were advised that all persons were out of the dwellings and accounted for. The two one-story occupied duplex homes located at 1312-1314 and 1316-1318 Teche Street were fully involved on arrival. The second alarm was dispatched to prevent further extension and damaged to properties in this densely populated neighborhood. Firefighter’s quick response contained the fire to the buildings of origin. The entire structure located at 1312 -1314 Teche Street was totally destroyed when the roof collapsed; 1316-1318 Teche Street sustained considerable damage.
Fourteen NOFD units, carrying 46 fire personnel were used to bring this incident under control at 11:00 a.m. The three families left displaced by this fire are being assisted by the American Red Cross. New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and Entergy also responded to assist in the mitigation of this incident.
1st alarm: 10:16 a.m.
On scene: 10:20 a.m.
2nd alarm: 10:21 a.m.
Under control: 11:00 a.m.
Injuries: one-year old child
Cause: under investigation