Earlier this month, New Orleans firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at the corner of Ursuline and North Rampart in the French Quarter. Despite the intense blaze, firefighters contained the fire and prevented it from spreading to neighboring buildings. The standard procedure for fire calls in the French Quarter is for one crew to attack the fire while others defend nearby properties.
The fire was in a vacant building owned by Regions Bank, which the bank was to sell to an investor. Investigators say a suspicious person entered the vacant building just hours before the fire began. A witness saw a well-dressed person cut the bolt on building’s lock and go inside. Fire fighters did not find anyone inside the burning building. Fire investigators say it will be some time before they can determine the fire’s cause.
A resident who lives two doors from the fire opened her door and the fire was right in front of her. She feared the fire would be at her home in minutes, but the fire department’s quick response saved her home. New Orleans city code enforcement officials and the bank say the building is still salvageable.
Fires can cause serious and painful burn injuries that can be costly in terms of medical expenses and lost wages. A New Orleans injury lawyer can help you get substantial monetary compensation for you or a loved one’s pain and suffering. Contact a New Orleans injury attorney for a free case review about your burn injury claim.