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3-alarm fire damages house on Galvez


NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans firefighters battled a three-alarm fire in the 1200 block of Galvez Street Thursday night.

The first company arrived on the scene at 7:54 p.m. and found a vacant, wood-framed, camel-back house engulfed in flames that were coming through the roof. A a second alarm was struck at 7:55 p.m.

The condition and size of the house and the close proximity of vacant houses on both sides and an occupied home in the rear prompted the call for a third alarm at 8:07 p.m.

"For the most part, firefighters were able to contain the fire to structure of origin," according to an NOFD news release. "The exposed structure on the left received light scorching to an exterior wall and debris in the bed of a neighboring pickup truck is believed to have caught fire from drifting embers, but firefighters quickly put out the fire before it could cause damage to the vehicle."

Neighbors reported seeing vagrants going in and out of the house recently. Firefighters searched the structure twice, but its condition and a partial collapse limited full access.

The NOFD will leave firefighting equipment and crew on the scene on "fire-watch" throughout the night to protect against a possible rekindle.


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