Two people were rescued by firefighters from a burning building in Treme on Friday morning (Jan. 26), according to the New Orleans Fire Department. The fire was actively burning as of 9:45 a.m. on Basin Street.
New Orleans Fire Department Chief Tim McConnell said during a press conference at the scene that they don't have a cause for the fire yet, and the blaze was not under control as of 9:45 a.m. He said they were concerned about a gas line that's leaking in the building.
The fire is on Basin Street near the corner of North Villere Street (map). It's next door to the bar Bertha's Place.
McConnell said two firefighters were injured when a hose ruptured and knocked them down. They were being treated at the scene by EMS.
He said as of 9:45 a.m., the fire hasn't spread, citing a fire wall between the buildings and an aggressive attack from NOFD. Firefighters are worried about the building collapsing so they aren't working in the alley behind the building.
Basin Street is closed between North Claiborne Avenue and North Villere Street while authorities respond, according to the city's @NOLAready account.
McConnell said NOFD arrived at 8:28 a.m. and the fire was quickly bumped up to a three-alarm -- summoning additional fire trucks and personnel -- because of the trapped people, the proximity of the fire to other buildings and the size of the fire.