A random fire broke out mid-day Tuesday afternoon on top of the roof of the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans causing extensive damage to the roof. According to EMS spokesman Jonathan Fourcade, he says one person who was working on-site suffered minor injuries from the fire, causing burns to the face and arms, and was taking to the hospital for treatment.
ASM Global, the operators of the Superdome issued 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 fire to the Superdome roof is not a good sign for the New Orleans Saints who have yet to play their first true home game due to the impact Hurricane Ida had on the city. The Saints had to move their Week 1 home game to Jacksonville where they faced off against the Green Bay Packers. The organization hopes to make a return to NOLA for Week 4 against the New York Giants.
The current belief is that the fire was an accident due to the roof being worked on. There were about 70 different employees inside the Superdome during the time of the fire. None of them reported having smelled any smoke.
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