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.
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The Saints will play the New York Giants in their next home game in the Superdome on October 3.
“While final assessments are complete, the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, as well as the Superdome’s management company, ASM Global.
do not believe the fire will have an impact on or force any cancellation of future events,” the management companies said, referring to the Saints’ game.
Due to Hurricane Ida, which made landfall the following day, the team’s last preseason home game on Aug. 28 was canceled.
The squad has been training in the Dallas region since the hurricane.
The team’s game against the Green Bay Packers on Sept.
12 was relocating to Jacksonville, Florida, due to worries over the city infrastructure and Dome personnel, despite the fact that the Dome was not damaged by Hurricane Ida.
The Superdome was utilizing as a last-resort refuge for people who
were unable to leave the city before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
The structure held up to 30,000 people seeking refuge, but it was destroying by the storm.
Winds ripped a hole in the dome’s roof, dumping water onto the field.
The structure was powering by generators that solely provided light.
The city’s levees had collapsed, allowing masses of water to flood the area.
Pumping stations couldn’t keep up, and the dome was surrounding by up to 6 feet (2 meters) of water.