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  • New Orleans Firefighters Hurt in Four-Alarmer

    Posted: June 17th, 2011

    NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans firefighters are investigating a four-alarm fire at the home of former Mayor Dutch Morial. The fire started shortly before 5 a.m. Friday. No one was home at the time. Family members told WDSU the home was under renovation so Morial's wife, Sybil, could move back in. Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion at the scene, but their injuries are not serious. Investigators do not know how it started.

  • Teamwork in Action

    Posted: May 24th, 2011

      We’ve all been there. You’ve had a major fire in a large abandoned building with an unknown number of transients living in it. You know that at least 20 people were in the building when the fire started, but you saw only five come out during firefighting operations. You must check it out – even though it means taking four or five...

  • Flashover Injures 4 New Orleans Firefighters

    Posted: May 22nd, 2011

    NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Fire Department said four firefighters were injured Saturday morning while trying to contain a blaze in Lakeview. A contractor working on a neighbor's home alerted the homeowner of seeing smoke coming from the foundation and attic of a house at the 300 block of 12th Street in Lakeview, NOFD said. The homeowner immediately called 911, and NOFD said it dispatched six units carrying 20 firefighters to the scene at 7:21 a.m.

  • Thousands of New Orleans Calls Not Answered

    Posted: May 3rd, 2011

    NEW ORLEANS -- It's the number everyone dials in case of an emergency. But new internal documents obtained by the WDSU I-Team show that thousands of 911 calls are not being answered each month in New Orleans. All day and throughout the night, the workers inside a building on City Park Avenue are busy.

  • La. Sends 120-Member Team to Help Alabama

    Posted: May 2nd, 2011

    NEW ORLEANS -- A 120-member team that specializes in search and rescue will head from Louisiana to Alabama to help that tornado-ravaged state in recovery efforts, officials said. Officials said they received the request Sunday, though they had reached out to counterparts in Alabama immediately after last week's deadly storms.

  • La. Volunteer Firefighter Accused of Arson

    Posted: April 25th, 2011

    DOYLINE, La. -- A Webster Parish volunteer firefighter was arrested Sunday in connection with two building fires that investigators believe were intentionally set. State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning said Brandon Martin, 31, faces a charge of simple arson of a residence and aggravated arson for a fire set at an apartment complex. Martin is a volunteer member for Webster Parish Fire Protection District #3.

  • Fire Damages New Orleans Coroner's Office

    Posted: April 25th, 2011

    NEW ORLEANS -- A fire burned part of the Orleans Parish coroner's office Monday, causing the building to be evacuated, firefighters said. The area where autopsies are performed and bodies are stored was not damaged in the fire, but city officials and electricians were working Monday afternoon to restore power to that area. The New Orleans Fire Department said it responded to a 911 call of a fire at 10:18 a.m., at 2612 Marin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

  • 110 New Orleans Firefighters Battle 3-Alarm Blaze

    Posted: April 7th, 2011

    NEW ORLEANS -- It took more than 110 firefighters to control a fire that burned a vacant building in the French Quarter early Thursday morning. The New Orleans Fire Department said the three-alarm fire near Ursulines and North Rampart started shortly before 6:30 a.m. and grew quickly, with flames spreading to neighboring buildings. At least one wall of a structure collapsed. "I opened up my door and all I saw was a big wall of smoke," said...

  • Three La. Firefighters Hurt Battling Bar Blaze

    Posted: March 14th, 2011

    SLIDELL, La. -- A historic building that houses a bar in Old Towne Slidell went up in flames Sunday evening, injuring three firefighters who worked to put out the flames. Fire crews said the fire broke out at Club Phoenix at 227 Cousin St. about 5 p.m. Witnesses said the fire could be seen for miles, and St. Tammany officials told WDSU it was the biggest fire they had seen in years. More than 30 firefighters worked the blaze.