6-Alarm Fire in Downtown New Orleans

Courtesy: Josh Duffy

Firefighters are battling a fire at a commercial building on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans.

VIDEO Courtesy of Josh Duffy.

Fire Chief Timothy McConnell reports the fire began at 3:30 this morning.

McConnell says there are businesses on the first floor, but he’s not sure about the upper floors. He said the fire started on the second floor of the four-story building.

He says one person was in the building, but escaped the flames without injury.

The chief said their main concern was to keep the fire from spreading to nearby buildings. He said the cause is under investigation.

Live television images from the scene showed flames leaping from the roof. Several blocks of Canal Street, which borders the city’s French Quarter, have been closed.

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