New Orleans Fire Department: NOFD fights two-alarm fire at Old Market St Wharf

October 17, 2021

On Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 11:01 p.m., the Department of New Orleans (NOFD) received a call reporting a fire near Clarence Henry Truckway in Felicity St. (the entrance to Felicity St. Wharf). Arrived at the scene at 11:13 p.m., firefighters located the fire several hundred meters to the left of what had been initially declared. The wooden parts of what was once Market St Wharf had caught fire and began to spread, being pushed upstream by a strong wind. A second alarm was called at 11:32 p.m. as the fire moved rapidly along the old wharf. At its peak, the blaze spanned about four blocks, from Market St to the entrance to the current wharf at Felicity Street. Fortunately, this fire was not a threat to any area of ​​the current wharf, but we expect to be at the scene of this incident for several hours. The old creosote-soaked stilts and the heavy wooden elements of the old wharf are difficult to ignite but are very difficult to extinguish once lit.

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Sixteen NOFD units carrying forty-one fire operations personnel were used to combat this incident at its height. The firefighters are gradually released from the scene as the firefighters take control of the incident. No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire will be investigated once the incident has been listed as under control.

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Call received: 11:01 p.m.

Sent: 23:02

On stage: 11:13 p.m.

2nd alarm: 11:32 p.m.

NOFD units: 16

Firefighters: 41

Injuries: none reported

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