New Orleans firefighters battled a 2-alarm structure fire at a laundromat and a cellphone store in a shopping complex connected to the Magnolia Discount gas station at 3415 South Carrollton Ave. Sunday morning.

The fire was reported around 8:35 a.m. NOFD officials said firefighters found the truck wedged into the front of the Metro PCS store in the complex. The cellphone store, as well as the Wash-N-Dry Laundromat to its right, were both heavily involved with smoke and fire at the time.

A second alarm was called around 8:43 a.m. as crews fought to keep the fire contained to the two buildings and ensure no civilians were left in the complex, NOFD said in a release.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the two buildings. On Sunday morning, the cellphone store and laundromat were hollowed out and charred from fire damage. The NOFD said the Flavor Street Wear clothing store also housed in the complex received smoke and water damage, but the Magnolia Discount store was unaffected.

No injuries were reported.

By 9:13 a.m., firefighters had the fire under control, officials said. Sixteen NOFD units carrying 44 firefighters worked the fire, with assistance from the New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans EMS and Entergy. 

The investigation into the fire has been turned over to the NOPD.

The Carrollton incident was the second fire reported by NOFD in 24 hours. On Saturday night, firefighters also extinguished flames at a health care facility in the Touro neighborhood of Uptown.

Officials were alerted to that fire in a six-story masonry building in the 1400 block of Gen. Taylor Street in a 911 call placed about 10:55 a.m., NOFD said in a release.

Firefighters arrived at the Maison Orleans Health Care Center about 11 p.m. and found a burned box of clothing on the fifth floor.

Residents had already extinguished the fire by the crews arrived, but NOFD said they helped relocate elderly and infirmed patients to a different part of the facility. 

No injuries were reported.

Staff writer Della Hasselle contributed to this report.


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