New Orleans, LA -- A twenty-five year old homeless man was arrested for setting a fire in between two buildings to keep warm. However, the fire spread to the buildings and quickly grew out of control.
The fire blanketed Canal Street and much of the historic district in smoke Wednesday.
"Mr. Denley set a fire in the alcove of a business in the 1000 block of Canal Street in order to keep warm. The fire then extended into the building and grew unchecked for over two hours until it caused a window in the building to break. At that time, an employee in another business on that block became aware of the fire," said McConnell.
The fire first broke out in a mostly empty 4-story building and spread to an adjacent building. It took half a day to extinguish the fire.
"Due to an extraordinary response by the firefighters, this catastrophic fire that had the potential to turn deadly was contained. Numerous shelter facilities are available throughout the city, and people seeking warmth are encouraged to seek shelter at one of these locations when necessary," said McConnell.
The stability of the structure is being investigated. This fire might result in a re-route of Mardi Gras.
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