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Fifty foot flames are threatening to engulf an upscale mall near the waterfront leaving firefighters helpless. Without water or working hydrants, the fires continue to grow out of control. Sources say the fires were started under 'suspicious circumstances.'
as water is a scarce commodity in the city.
A day after the National Guard finally arrived in force and began mass evacuations, thousands of people remained behind Saturday as fires belched ribbons of smoke over the city and sporadic gunfire echoed through the night.
Saks Fifth Avenue billowed smoke Saturday, as did rows of warehouses on the east bank of the Mississippi River, where corrugated roofs buckled and tiny explosions erupted. Gunfire — almost two dozen shots — broke out in the French Quarter overnight.