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First a boom, then a blaze at Murat Street apartments


A blaze erupted from the rear of the multi-family house at 236 Murat St. (NOFD Photo Unit)


Neighbors on Murat Street near Palmyra heard a loud boom on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 9). Then they noticed smoke coming from the rear of the two-story multi-family building at 236 S. Murat.

A 911 call went out just after 2:30 p.m. About five minutes later, a firetruck arrived the scene. Firefighters spent 45 minutes trying to locate the source of the blaze between the first and second floors of the wood-frame structure.

A second alarm was sounded at 3:17 p.m. Sixteen units and 44 NOFD personnel worked to get the fire under control by 3:44 p.m.

Seven residents were assisted by the American Red Cross, and two cats were rescued from the blaze and reunited with their families. It was not clear how many people have been displaced by the fire.

The Emergency Medical treated a firefighter for heat exhaustion. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion at the scene. (NOFD Photo Unit)

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