New Orleans Firefighters Shut Down Canal Street Following Fire

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New Orleans commercial fire

New Orleans, LA -- Firefighters battled a fire at a commercial building on Canal Street this morning, shutting down blocks of the French Quarter.

The initial call came in at 3:30am in a commercial building with one person in the building.  The fire started on the second floor of a four story building.  There were businesses on the first floor of the building, and the firefighters were unsure of the other floors.

"Our main concern is to keep the flames from spreading to nearby buildings," said the fire chief.

At the time, the fire chief spoke with reporters, the fire was not close to under control.  Live cameras showed flames pouring from the building.  Several blocks of Canal Street (which borders the French Quarter) were shut down for firefighting efforts.

Neighbors, Michael Mallin and Kate Otto, who lived in the building across from the fire, vacated.  "[The firefighters] told us it was safe to stay.  We decided we needed to get out," said Otto.

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