In New Orleans, flames erupt from a piece of the Superdome roof.
NEW YORK — A pressure washer meant to clean the top of the New Orleans Sports and entertainment stadium caught fire on Tuesday, sending smoke and flames up the side of the Superdome’s roof.
Shortly after 12:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire on the top of the structure,according to the New Orleans Fire Department.
After a little while, the fire seemed to be under control.
One individual was sending to the hospital for “minor burns,” according to New Orleans Emergency Management Services on Twitter.
People have advised avoiding the area by emergency authorities.
Officials stated last week that crews were power cleaning the roof in preparation for painting.
“A pressure washer that was useing to clean the roof caught fire, according to subsequent research.
The extent of the damage is yet unknown “The Louisiana Stadium and Expedition District, which controls the dome, and ASM Global, which operates the Superdome,issued a joint statement.
“Only a tiny section of the roof was damaged, and the fire was confined to the outside gutter system around (the) Superdome Before a scheduled re-coating of the whole roof, the roof was being pressure washed to clean it. During the re-coating process, fire damage will be dealt with “According to management firms.
“According to first evaluations, the damage is just superficial, with no structural damage or effect on the roof’s outer skin’s integrity Also, The exterior shell and ceiling of the structure are both waterproof.” Firefighters in the trench that divides the Superdome roof from an outside wall washed down the fire-blackened walls, according to a picture released on the city’s emergency management Twitter account.
The New Orleans Saints of the National Football League have played home games there on a regular basis, attracting sold-out crowds, In addition to concerts, college football, and other events, the Superdome has hosted seven Super Bowls in recent decades.