NOFD: Elderly woman severely burned in house fire across from fire house


New Orleans firefighters say an elderly woman suffered burns to her legs, arms, back and face when her home caught on fire on Memorial Day.

"An elderly female was transported to an area hospital after receiving severe burns to approximately fifty percent of her body and suffering from smoke inhalation as the result of a residential fire at 2802 Upperline St.," Captain Edwin Holmes said in a news release.

NOFD got the call at 10:47am.

"The first New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) company arrived to the scene at 10:50," Holmes said. "The fire, at the corner of Clara and Upperline Streets, occurred literally across the street from the NOFD’s Engine 38."

He says being so close helped them rescue the woman in less time.

"The fact that firefighters were able run across the street and quickly locate the victim was likely the biggest contributing factor in the rescue of the elderly victim. After entering the dwelling through a rear room, firefighters found the victim motionless on the floor of a rear bathroom. The victim was removed from the dwelling as firefighters began administering CPR and first aid. These efforts were continued by New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS) personnel before transporting the victim to an area hospital."

The fire was under control in less than ten minutes after crews got there.

"Six NOFD units carrying seventeen Fire Operations personnel were used to bring this incident under control at 10:59 a.m. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the room of origin, a rear bedroom in a single-story, wood-framed duplex at 2800-02 Upperline St. There were no other injuries reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The New Orleans Police Department and NOEMS contributed to the mitigation of this incident."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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