NEW ORLEANS (BRPROUD) – The three-alarm fire at the Caesars Superdome has been extinguished as of 1:20 p.m.
One individual was injured and transported to University Medical Center with minor burns to the face, arms and chest, according to New Orleans EMS.
LSED/ASM Global released a statement regarding the fire:
“This afternoon a fire occurred on the exterior of the Caesars Superdome in the gutter tub of the roof. NOFD and venue first responders were dispatched immediately and extinguished the fire. Upon further investigation it appears that a pressure washer being used to clean the roof caught fire. Damage is still being assessed.”
The New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) has released additional details about the fire, the timeline is as follows:
12:35 p.m. — NOFD said reports of the fire initially came in at this time.
12:38 p.m. — Firefighters arrived at the scene and reported billowing smoke from the roof.
12:38 p.m. — A second alarm was called due to the size and location of the fire. NOFD said firefighters entered the building to determine the location and scope of the fire.
12:55 p.m. — A third alarm was called, serving as a precaution in the event that the fire grew.
1:05 p.m. — Firefighters were able to get the fire under control.
NOFD determined the fire to be accidental due to work being completed on the roof.
Various videos and photos have been popping up on Twitter showing the fire. These videos are used with permission from their owners.
This is a developing story and more information will be provided as it becomes available.