NOFD – News & Updates – 2022 – 20220423 Three-alarm fire at a public storage facility on S. Carrollton Ave.

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On Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 8:11 p.m., the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) received a 911 reporting a fire at a commercial building on the 3300 block of S. Carrollton Ave. Arriving at the scene at 8:16 p.m., firefighters found an open storage unit with a vehicle on fire inside the Public Storage self-service storage facility at 5440 S. Carrollton Ave. During efforts to extinguish the vehicle, firefighters quickly noticed that the fire had already spread to storage units on both sides and above the original unit. This resulted in the request for a second alarm at 8:32 p.m. Firefighters had to force their way into these units using axes and heavy-duty circular saws, as the fire spread into the spaces between the party walls and the ceilings of the storage units. Vehicles, furniture and other household and commercial items designed for both heavy and unpredictable fire loads in these densely packed units.

A third alarm was called at 9:50 p.m. as firefighters attempted to put out the labor-intensive blaze. Southbound traffic was diverted to the 3300 block of S. Carrollton Ave. to accommodate fire hoses supporting NOFD trucks and fire engines. Although this incident was brought under control at 10:46 p.m., we anticipate that NOFD fire operations personnel will be on scene for several hours reviewing the contents of each unit involved and using thermal imaging cameras to ensure that all the smoldering fires have been extinguished. Nineteen NOFD units supported by fifty-five fire operations personnel were employed to mitigate this incident. No injuries were reported and the cause of this fire is currently under investigation.

Call received: 8:11 p.m.

Expedition: 8:12 p.m.

Arrival: 8:16 p.m.

Second alarm: 8:32 p.m.

Third alarm: 9:50 p.m.

Under control: 10:46 p.m.

NOFD units: 19

Fire operations staff: 55

Injuries: None reported

Cause: under investigation

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