New Orleans firefighters rescued a man, two birds and a cat early Sunday morning in a fire that scorched a double shotgun in Carrollton.
According to a statement from the Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to the 2000 block of Lowerline Street at 5:22 a.m.
Seven minutes later, they arrived to find the porch and front attic of the residence in flames.
Jeff Corber, who lives in one of the two units affected by the blaze, said he awoke to the sound of his neighbor’s smoke alarm and rushed outside to find firefighters on the scene.
Corber alerted them to the fact that there was likely a man in the adjacent residence.
Firefighters found the man still in his bed and were able to rescue him.
He was transported to the hospital for observation.
Rue Casey, the rescued man’s roommate, said she rushed to the scene after receiving a call from Corber.
Casey told firefighters that her pets, two birds and a cat, were inside. She said they were able to rescue all three.
“They’re my new favorite people,” she said. “They saved my animals and my peace of mind.”
On Sunday afternoon, Casey and her friends lugged water-logged items out of the house, which was blackened on the exterior.
Her 10-year-old white-capped pionus, Captain Gravy, sat in a nearby cage.
Casey said she and the bird had weathered Hurricane Katrina together and its rescue was a silver lining to an awful night.
She said the home, which she rents, is uninhabitable.
The Fire Department said the fire was under control by 6:02 a.m. Its cause is still under investigation.
Fire Department Superintendent Timothy McConnell said the residents were fortunate to have awoken during the blaze.
“This is a perfect example of the importance of smoke detectors,” he said. “Being alerted by the detectors saved the lives of these two citizens.”