Mar 252020

Firefighters battle a three-alarm fire on Washington Avenue in Broadmoor. (NOFD photo via Twitter)

A three-alarm fire broke out early Wednesday in a strip mall on Washington Avenue in Broadmoor.

It caused extensive damage to the building that housed eight stores, fire officials report. The alarm sounded at about 2:45 a.m., and firefighters had the blaze under control by about 5 a.m. No injuries were reported.  Continue reading »

Jul 182019

Firefighters battle the blaze at Unity-1 Salon in Broadmoor, March 22, 2019 (NOFD photo via Twitter)

Four New Orleans Police officers were fired Wednesday in connection with a March car chase that ended with the suspect’s vehicle crashing into a Broadmoor salon and starting a fire that killed three people, after an internal investigation revealed “multiple policy violations” and a pattern of unauthorized pursuits, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 052019

photo by Per/se Media Group

The Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show came to New Orleans last weekend, and it didn’t leave without supporting a local shop after tragedy. According to reports, the show director James Bronner and CEO of Kalaidescope Hair, Jesseca Dupart, raised $10,000 for Unity-1 Beauty Supply and Hair Salon.

The Broadmoor shop was the site of a car crash and three-alarm fire on March 20 which caused several fatalities, injuries and extensive property damage. Continue reading »

Mar 252019

A fire broke out in Central City about 5:20 a.m. on Monday. (NOFD via Twitter)

New Orleans firefighters are battling a five-alarm blaze at Baronne and Felicity streets that started early Monday. Four people were rescued after the fire quickly spread from a vacant camelback to nearby apartment building, WWL-TV reported.

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Mar 222019

Firefighters battle the blaze at a popular gathering spot in Broadmoor. (NOFD photo via Twitter)

A speeding driver crashed into a beauty salon Wednesday night, setting the car and the building on fire. Both people inside the car died at the scene, the New Orleans Police Department reported, and two children and multiple adults were injured in the blaze.

One of the fire victims, a woman who was getting her hair done in the salon, died at the hospital of her injuries, the NOPD reported early Friday.

The crash set off a three-alarm fire in the building at 4125 Washington Ave., Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell said. The building houses the Unity-1 Beauty Supply and Hair Salon.

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Feb 202019

Firefighters try to control a seven-alarm fire at Morris-Downman house on 2525 St. Charles avenue. Every Mardi Gras, Rex, king of Carnival, stops at the home during the parade to give a toast. (Zach Brien,

A seven-alarm fire, the largest New Orleans has seen in recent years, destroyed a revered St. Charles Avenue home on Wednesday. For more on the fire, see the Uptown Messenger story here. Continue reading »

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Feb 202019

Firefighters try to save the St. Charles Avenue mansion Wednesday. (NOFD via Twitter)

Smoke from the seven-alarm fire in the Garden District on Wednesday damaged air quality throughout the city, the city’s emergency preparedness office reports.

Anyone who is elderly or has respiratory disease, such as asthma, is advised to stay inside, keep their doors and windows closed, set their air-conditioning systems to re-circulate the air inside the building and avoid using exhaust fans if possible. Anyone who is having difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

The heavy smoke may impact the air in the Central Business District, French Quarter, Treme, Mid-City, Fairgrounds, 7th Ward, St. Roch and Gentilly neighborhoods, as well as Uptown.

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Feb 202019

Firefighters battle a massive seven-alarm fire at 2525 St. Charles Ave. (Zach Brien,

New Orleans Fire Department firefighters battled a seven-alarm blaze that threatens a notable historic building in the 2500 block of St. Charles Avenue on Wednesday morning.

The 150-year-old mansion, the home to several kings and queens of Carnival, was in danger of collapse Wednesday morning, NOFD Superintendent Timothy McConnell said. The fire was brought under control 1:45, but the mansion’s three residents lost their home.

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Jan 102019

Five people were displaced after a three-apartment house on State Street caught fire overnight, New Orleans firefighters said Thursday morning. A firefighter was injured while battling the blaze.

The fire at 2433-35 State Street was reported at 12:55 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, and the first firefighters arrived six minutes later to find a two-story masonry veneer multi-unit residence fully engulfed in heavy smoke and fire.

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Jan 042019

Firefighters battle a two-alarm blaze in a corner store at Constance and First streets. (NOFD via Twitter)

A fire that broke out Thursday night in the Irish Channel left one man critically injured, the New Orleans Fire Department reports.

An emergency call at 8:51 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, reported a “fire with possible persons trapped” at the corner of Constance and First streets. Dispatched at 8:52 p.m., the first New Orleans Fire Department company arrived at 2372 Constance St. at 8:56 p.m. and found a small corner grocery store already heavily involved. A second alarm was requested immediately upon arrival.

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Nov 292018

Firefighters douse the blaze in the 800 block of Lyons Street on Tuesday night. (photo via New Orleans Fire Department on Twitter)

A house on Lyons Street was heavily damaged in a fire that broke out late Tuesday night, New Orleans fire officials said. Continue reading »

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Nov 262018
Bohn Ford building, South Broad Street, New Orleans

A two-alarm fire was reported at the old Bohn car dealership building on South Broad Street on Nov. 26. (Tyree C. Worthy,

New Orleans firefighters responded to a reported two-alarm fire at the former Bohn Ford building on South Broad Street, New Orleans Fire Department officials said late Monday morning (Nov. 26). Continue reading »

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May 042018

Firefighters respond to a fire in a multi-unit home on the corner of Freret and First streets on Friday morning. (Robert Morris,

A large, multi-unit home on Freret Street caught fire Friday morning, but New Orleans firefighters were able to extinguish it quickly enough to save the structure and no injuries were reported, authorities said.

NOFD Superintendent Tim McConnell speaks to reporters at the scene of a fire in a multi-unit home on the corner of Freret and First streets on Friday morning. (Robert Morris,

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