8 killed in fire in abandoned New Orleans warehouse

  • PTI, Washington
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  • Updated: Dec 28, 2010 21:03 IST

At least eight people were killed on Tuesday when a fire swept through an abandoned warehouse in New Orleans. The warehouse was being used by the homeless to escape the biting cold.

Fire Chief of New Orleans, Charles Parent said the victims appeared to be vagrants who had sought warmth inside the building at St. Ferdinand and Prieur, as temperatures dipped below freezing across the area.

Parent said eight are confirmed dead with two survivors, but that search dogs will be used once the scene cools down to see if there are other bodies.

Parent told WWL-TV that survivors say the fire started when people burned wood in a barrel to stay warm.



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