NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a stubborn six-alarm fire that broke out in a building in downtown New Orleans on Wednesday. All times are local.
9:10 a.m.
The fire chief in New Orleans says the danger of a building collapse is complicating the battle against a fire that blanketed part of the downtown area in smoke.
Flames were no longer visible by mid-morning Wednesday. But firefighters continued to spray water on the structure and an adjacent building where the fire had spread.
Fire chief Timothy McConnell says the damage was so heavy that a collapse was possible, so firefighters could not go inside the building.
The six-alarm fire was first reported at 3:20 a.m. on Canal Street, the broad, historic boulevard separating New Orleans’ central business district from the French Quarter. The building was largely empty, and there were no injuries reported.
7:20 a.m.
Firefighters in New Orleans continue to battle a stubborn six-alarm fire in buildings on historic Canal Street.
Flames were no longer visible by daybreak Wednesday, but fire chief Timothy McConnell says the fire spread to an adjacent building.
The fire was first reported at 3:20 a.m.
No injuries are reported.
The fire broke out in a mostly empty four-story building on a block near the Roosevelt hotel. Ground-floor businesses, including a beauty supply store and a cellphone repair business, were closed when the fire broke out.
No evacuations were ordered. But some nervous residents of a nearby apartment building abandoned their building, braving cold weather and eye-stinging smoke until they were certain it was safe to return.
5 a.m.
Firefighters are battling a fire on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans.
Fire trucks were heading to the scene around 4 a.m. Wednesday. The fire department the blaze is at a commercial building.
Live television pictures from the scene show flames leaping from the roof. Several blocks of Canal Street, which borders the city’s French Quarter, have been closed.
No injuries have been reported.
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