NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Fire Department is currently on the scene of a fire in the French Quarter in the 700 block of Conti St.
First responders were first called to the area around 6:45 a.m. on Saturday (May 11). The fire started at 729 Conti St., the Olde N’Awlins Cookery, and expanded to the apartments above Copper Monkey Bar and Grill, according to the NOFD.
The restaurant is located next to Oceana Grill. Oceana Grill’s owners also own Olde N’Awlins Cookery.
Everyone got out safely, but there has been extensive damage to the building. Crews were still fighting the flames as of 10 a.m.
Vehicle traffic is closed from Bourbon St. to Conti St. and from Dauphine St. to Royal St. Pedestrian traffic is not advised.
NOFD says two people who escaped the fire from the first floor kitchen of Oceana Grill were treated for smoke inhalation.
The fire was considered under control around 10:45 a.m, but as of 3 p.m., the scene remained very active. Vehicles and pedestrians are asked to avoid Conti St. between Bourbon St. and Royal St.
NOFD is working to determine what caused the fire. The investigation into the fire is ongoing.