2 people and 3 pets rescued from 4-alarm fire in the Garden District

A four-alarm fire injures two people and blocks traffic on St. Charles Avenue.

According New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell, the fire start just before noon in a house in the 2300 block of St. Charles Avenue. He says firefighters rescued two people, 2 dogs and a cat from the fire.

The fire briefly spread to the home next door but firefighters got the fire under control in about an hour. "I just want to commend the fire fighter for the incredible job they did getting here very quickly and doing an aggressive attack, and an aggressive search and rescue,” Chief Tim McConnell said.

The pets were said to be ok but the two people inside suffered smoke-related injuries.

“We were here on scene and were able to receive those individuals as soon as they came out of the building,” said New Orleans EMS Director Dr. Emily Nichols. “They were talking to us and able to be evaluated by us and they are in fair condition at this time.” They were taken to University Medical Center.

The fire closed St. Charles Avenue to traffic from Second Street to Jackson Avenue in both directions.

The @NOLAFireDept is responding to a four-alarm fire on St. Charles Avenue in the #GardenDistrict. St. Charles is closed to traffic in both directions from Jackson Ave. to First St. Avoid the area and follow the instructions of first responders. #NOLAReady https://t.co/kMo3xoGMbi

— NOLA Ready (@nolaready) January 24, 2020