On Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 04:24 am, the New Orleans Fire Department responded to a working fire for 2816-2828 Urquhart Street. An unknown caller stated a house was on fire and people may be trapped and then hung up.
The first up responding company arrived on the scene at 04:29 am. Firefighters saw fire coming from the front and side of a two story, wood frame apartment complex. There appeared to be seventeen one-room apartments in the structure. One crew of firefighters attacked the fire from the front while a second crew made a forcible entry to the locked driveway gate. As firefighters entered and searched the structure, many residents were escaping from their rear apartment windows. Firefighters found a male in one of the apartments which was filled with smoke and escorted him outside to safety. The apartment complex had no utilities but several extension cords were connected to many of the apartments from an adjacent home at 2828 Urquhart St. The dwelling had been deemed unsafe for human habitation by the Department of Safety and Permits on July 31, 2013, but firefighters found at least 10 people living in the building. EMS transported one male to an area hospital with smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.
The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and the American Red Cross responded to this incident. Nine NOFD units responded carrying 23 fire personnel. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.
Rec’d call: 04:24 am
1st alarm: 04:24 am
On scene: 04:29 am
Under control: 04:56 am
Extinguished: 05:28 am
Injuries: One civilian, Smoke Inhalation
Cause: Under Investigation