NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The central business district was in turmoil on Tuesday afternoon as smoke and flames could be seen miles away, billowing from the roof of the Caesars Superdome.
The city tweeted that New Orleans firefighters were responding to the blaze and asked people to avoid the area until the situation is resolved.
The Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District and ASM Global issued a joint statement shortly after the fire was extinguished. The statement said:
“This afternoon, a fire broke out outside the Caesars Superdome in the roof gutter. The NOFD and site first responders were dispatched immediately and extinguished the fire. Upon further investigation, it appears that a pressure washer used to clean the roof caught fire. The damage is still being assessed.
According to WGNO athletic director Ed Daniels, all employees and contractors working in the Superdome were evacuated for about 30 minutes until it was possible to return safely.
The NOFD released a report indicating that a first call to 911 was received at 12:35 p.m., with the first company arriving at the scene at 1500 Poydras Street only three minutes later when a second alarm was triggered. A third alarm was triggered at 12.55 p.m. as a precaution.
The report also claims that 23 NOFD units carrying 51 fire operations personnel were deployed to the scene of the blaze which was brought under control at 1:05 p.m. The NOFD also collaborated on an earlier tweet from NOLA EMS concerning a worker injured in the fire.
The injured person was transported to the University Medical Center for treatment for minor burns.
NOLA EMS also tweeted that the Superdome was still an active scene and to “avoid the zone”
Due to catastrophic damage from Hurricane Ida in southeast Louisiana, the Superdome has yet to host an NFL home game for the New Orleans Saints this season.
The Saints were scheduled to open their season in the Dome against Green Bay on September 12.
That game was moved and the team were scheduled to return to the stadium in Week 4 against the New York Giants on October 3. No word yet on whether or not this match will go as planned.