19 Residents, Four Pets Displaced in Little Woods (LA) House Fire Started by Power Outlet

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Katelyn Umholtz

The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate


Mar. 20—A two-alarm fire caused by an overwhelmed electric outlet at a Little Woods duplex displaced 19 residents and four pets Friday evening, the New Orleans Fire Department said.

Investigators suspect the fire started in a back bedroom of a one-story brick double in the 8500 block of Bill Street at about 5:10 p.m. The fire quickly spread to other rooms and created a cloud of smoke.

It destroyed one side of the double where four adults and five children lived, firefighters said. The other side, where two adults and a child lived with a puppy, a snake and two bearded dragons, sustained smoke and water damage.

Two other residences were damaged by smoke and water, one of them by fire as well. A total of four adults and three children lived in them.

Forty-four firefighters working out of 16 vehicles controlled the fire at 5:54 p.m., the Fire Department said.


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