A woman whose body was found inside a burning Gentilly home Wednesday afternoon died despite efforts to revive her, the New Orleans Fire Department said.
Firefighters called to the 4600 block of Lombard Street about 3 p.m. found a man outside the home who said his sister was still inside.
The firefighters found the woman on the floor of a bedroom, said Capt. Edwin Holmes, a Fire Department spokesman. They carried her outside and tried to revive her, but she was pronounced dead a short time later at Interim LSU Hospital, he said.
The woman’s name and age were not immediately available.
Holmes said the victim lived in the home with her 78-year-old brother, who owns the property, and her nephew.
The brother told firefighters he was asleep when the fire began and woke up when he heard his sister screaming.
He was able to escape the home and tried to control the fire with a garden hose until the first units arrived at 2:56 p.m., Holmes said.
The fire was under control at 3:21 p.m.
No other injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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