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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Four-Alarm Easter Sunday Fire in Treme

March 31, 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 4:48pm the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) was dispatched on a report of a residential fire at 1347 Esplanade Ave., the corner of Esplanade Ave. and N. Villere St., in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans.  The first company arrived on the scene at 4:52pm, finding a three-story antebellum that had long been converted into a 5-unit apartment building, with heavy smoke coming from the windows near the front of the building on all floors.  A second alarm was struck soon after arrival, at 4:57pm, with subsequent third and fourth alarms being called for at 5:09pm and 5:15pm.

First alarm companies executed an aggressive interior attack in an effort to perform a primary search for possible victims and to locate and extinguish the fire at its origin.  Firefighters were forced out of the structure by this fast moving fire that was aided by heavy winds blowing through the area at the time.  Being forced to switch tactics; suppression personnel used an exterior attack to fight the fire from outside, making sure to give extensive attention to neighboring exposures to the rear and right of the fire building.

Twenty-five NOFD units carrying eighty-two fire personnel were used to bring this incident under control at 7:01pm.  The American Red Cross was on the scene to assist the eight residents of the building displaced by the fire and to provide canteen service for Emergency Services Personnel working the incident.  There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.  The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and Entergy all assisted in the mitigation of this incident.



1st alarm:                    4:48 pm

On scene:                    4:52 pm

2nd  alarm:                  4:57 pm

3rd alarm:                    5:09 pm

4th alarm:                    5:15 pm

Under control:           7:01 pm

Units:                          25

Firefighters:                 82

Injuries:                      None reported

Cause:                       Under Investigation




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