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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Two-Alarm Fire Destroys Vacant Restaurant in Gert-Town

July 02, 2013

New Orleans, LA. – Monday night, July 1, 2013 at 8:17 p.m. the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) began receiving several 911 calls reporting heavy smoke and fire being sighted throughout the Carrollton and Gert-Town area of uptown New Orleans.  The first company arrived on the scene of this large fire at the corner of Forshey St. and Lowerline St. involving an area restaurant that had been vacant since hurricane Katrina at 8:20 p.m.  A second-alarm was struck soon after initial arrivals.

Heavy smoke and flames could be seen from several blocks away, causing multiple calls from residents. One of those calls prompted a full one-alarm of NOFD suppression personnel and equipment to be sent to the corner of Eve St. and S. Rendon St., almost a mile away. Once being alerted to where the actual fire was these units were diverted to 7731 Forshey St., resulting in a three-alarm contingent of suppression personnel and equipment at the scene of a fire listed as a two-alarm.

Twenty-four units carrying sixty-three NOFD suppression personnel were used to bring this incident under control at 8:58 p.m. NOFD Fire Investigators were unable to determine the cause of this fire.  One NOFD Fire Captain being treated on the scene for exhaustion and irregular heartbeat was transported to an area hospital for further assessment.  He’s since been released and gone home.  New Orleans Emergency Medical Service, New Orleans Police Department and the American Red Cross all assisted with the mitigation of this incident.

1st alarm:                    8:17 pm

On scene:                    8:20 pm

2nd alarm:                   8:26 pm

Under control:             8:58 pm

Units:                          24

Firefighters:                63

Injuries:                      1 Fire Captain treated for exhaustion

Cause:                        Undetermined                     

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Last updated: 7/2/2013 2:17:27 PM

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