Man arrested in connection with massive New Orleans fire
NEW ORLEANS - A man trying to stay warm was booked with starting a massive fire on historic Canal Street Wednesday.
Fire investigators said Darren Denley, 25, lit a fire in the alcove a building for heat. The fire got out of control and spread, burning for two hours before it became an uncontrollable inferno.
As the fire grew, it quickly became a scary situation. The fire grabbed the headlines all day as more than 90 fireman and 30 emergency vehicles worked for nine hours to get the fire under control. Smoke filled the New Orleans sky and Canal Street was closed for much of the day.
Denley was booked on charges of burning trash improperly and crossing police lines.
The fire chief said there are numerous shelter facilities throughout the city, and people seeking warmth are encouraged to seek shelter at one of these locations when necessary instead of lighting dangerous fires.
Denley is being held at the Orleans Justice Center on an $800 bond on charges of burning trash improperly and crossing a police line, accordig to the sheriff's office. He will appear in municipal court next Tuesday.
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