Fire gutted an Uptown home Sunday, displacing a family and killing their pet cat, but no one was harmed, thanks in part to a neighbor who kicked in a rear door to alert them to the danger.
The fire began about noon at a home in the 2000 block of Delachaise Street.
Tyrone Pierson, a neighbor, said he came out of his house because he heard screams.
“I came out, and it was just smoking at first,” Pierson said. “Next thing I know, a big flame popped out the window.”
Dwanna Every said she lives at the house with her daughter. When the fire broke out, Every was at work, and her daughter was at home with a cousin, Every said.
The daughter said she was alerted to the fire by a neighbor who kicked in the back door to get her out. Both she and the cousin made it to safety, but the unidentified neighbor injured his ankle trying to get to them and was taken to the hospital, she said.
The family’s cat, Callie, did not make it out of the house, Every said.
The house was heavily damaged by the fire. Melted and charred siding hung from the exterior walls, and the interior rooms were badly burned.
“Everything in the front room burned,” Every said, and the rest of the house was damaged by smoke and water.
Every said firefighters contacted the American Red Cross on her behalf.
She said she and her daughter do not know how the fire started.
The New Orleans Fire Department did not respond to a request for information about the blaze Sunday afternoon.