An Uptown home on Camp Street at the corner of Valmont was heavily damaged by fire Monday afternoon after an apparent explosion from a shed in the rear yard, New Orleans fire officials said.
No one was injured in the blaze at 5252-54 Camp Street, which began around 1:30 p.m. For details, see the following news release from the New Orleans Fire Department:
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:33 p.m. the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) was dispatched from a 911 call reporting a fire in a dwelling in the 5200 block of Camp St. The first NOFD suppression company arrived on the scene at 1:37 p.m., finding an occupied, two-story wood-framed double at 5252-54 Camp St. with its entire rear wall fully involved from the ground to the roof. The realization that the fire had reached the home’s attic and could possibly spread to the entire home endangering nearby exposures, prompted a call for a second-alarm at 1:52 p.m.
According to a resident at 5252 Camp St., she was in her kitchen at the time the incident began. She stated she heard and felt what seemed like an explosion coming from one of the two sheds attached to the rear of the dwelling. The resident stated she then exited the home and called 911 immediately. Thirteen NOFD units carrying forty-three suppression personnel were used to bring this incident under control at 2:24 p.m. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and there were no injuries reported at the time of this release. New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, the New Orleans Police Department and Entergy all assisted in the mitigation of this incident.
[Note: These photographs were submitted by New Orleans photographer Bob Perrin, who shot them with a Leica Monochrom and 21-mm lens.]