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A massive fire broke out on the roof of New Orleans’ Superdome stadium, injuring at least one person.
Early reports said the fire broke out while the roof was being water pressured in preparation to be painted. The stadium is undergoing reparations and renovations that were interrupted when Hurricane Ida hit.
On Tuesday afternoon, thick plumes of smoke and flames could be seen rising from the stadium’s roof. At least eight fire trucks responded to the emergency.
The New Orleans Fire Department said it was responding to the three-alarm fire.
Around 12.30pm, the roof caught fire and smoke became visible throughout the city. By 1.30pm employees were allowed to re-enter the building.
Officials have said the fire did not appear to be a major incident and the stadium is not burning anymore. One person was taken to a nearby hospital for minor burns.
A massive fire has broken out on the roof of New Orleans’ Superdome Stadium. On Tuesday afternoon, thick plumes of smoke and flames could be seen rising from the stadium’s roof
The New Orleans Fire Department said it was responding to the two-alarm fire shortly after 1pm. It’s not clear if anyone has been injured
Dough Thornton, VP of stadiums for the company that manages the superdome reportedly told FOX that the fire had started ‘in the gutter tub’ on the roof
One person was treated for ‘minor burns’ by paramedics, said New Orleans Emergency Medical Services. The injured individual was then taken to University Medical Center.
A worker who was in the stadium when the fire broke out says he didn’t realize the roof was on fire until he was ordered toe evacuate.
‘I got calls from my friends telling me it was on fire,’ the unnamed worker told NOLA.com. Another employee, Jason Hurst, told the outlet that the flames were about six to ten feet high.
It’s not yet clear what the cause of the fire was, but NOLA.com reported that crews had been power washing the 10-acre roof to prepare it to be painted
Around 1pm, the roof caught fire and smoke became visible throughout the city.
Thick plumes of smoke and flames could be seen rising from the stadium’s roof. At least eight fire trucks responded to the emergency
Hurst was inside the done doing sign installation.
Dough Thornton, VP of stadiums for the company that manages the superdome reportedly told FOX that the fire had started ‘in the gutter tub’ on the roof while workers were pressure washing the 10-acre roof to prepare it to be painted. Thornton said the fire is under control.
The stadium, which is located in the city’s central business district and which was officially opened in 1975, is home to the New Orleans Saints. The team are playing away this weekend because of landfall from Hurricane Ida about three weeks ago, and are set to have their next home game on October 3.
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The New Orleans Saints’ Superdome stadium, 45 years of history
The Superdome has been the home to some of biggest events in sports including seven Super Bowls. Its designers envisioned a domed stadium that could bring a football team to the area
After reaching an agreement to build a stadium, the NFL awarded the area a team, the New Orleans Saints. Construction began in August 1971 and was completed in August 1975
During the summer of 1996, the Superdome underwent a $22.8 million renovation project that included a new entrance lobby and ticket offices, an additional concourse serving the upper level seats, refurbished ballrooms, additional accommodations for the disabled and upgraded safety and security equipment
Hurricane Katrina hits…
In August 2005, the Superdome was the shelter for more than 30,000 residents during Hurricane Katrina.
The hurricane sheared away much of the roof’s covering and water leaked into the stadium as it was used as a shelter for thousands of stranded residents
The Superdome sustained $185.4 million in damage and the New Orleans Saints played their 2005 home games in San Antonio at the Alamodome and in Baton Rouge at Tiger Stadium.
In January 2006 work began to clean up and renovate the Superdome. Nearly 4,000 tons of trash and debris were removed, along with 1.6 million square feet of wrecked carpeting, 650,000 square feet of wall board and 500,000 square feet of ceiling tiles. All 72,000 seats were cleaned and crews repaired the roof
Source: Stadiums of Pro Football