A man escaped from an Uptown fire Saturday morning by jumping from a second-floor window just before firefighters arrived, the New Orleans Fire Department said.
The fire broke out about 10:30 a.m. in a wooden two-story building in the 6300 block of Fontainebleau Drive. The building had two apartments.
The Fire Department received numerous 911 calls reporting the fire and saying people were trapped in the building.
The man who jumped from the window was assisted by neighbors until Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived. He was taken to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and bruises he incurred when he jumped.
Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the second floor. A second alarm was called immediately.
The upstairs apartment’s side stairway was burning, with fire spreading up the stairs to the kitchen, which was destroyed, the NOFD said. Firefighters searched the apartments several times but didn’t find anyone else trapped.
One of two cats that lived in the building was found lying outside on the front lawn; the other cat already had escaped the fire. Firefighters gave the first cat oxygen, and a neighbor took it to a veterinarian for further care.
Twenty-one NOFD units carrying 58 personnel responded to the fire and had it under control by 10:55 a.m.
There were several smoke alarms in the building, firefighters said.
The American Red Cross offered assistance to those living in the building.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.