What caused the Superdome fire?
The fire reportedly started in the stadium’s “gutter tube” while workers were pressure washing the roof. Doug Thornton, the vice president of stadiums for ASM Global told the Times-Picayune times that the fire started in the stadium’s “gutter tube” while workers were pressure washing the roof. There apparently was some type of malfunction with the equipment.
It was considered a three- alarm fire.
— NOLA Ready (@nolaready) September 21, 2021
At one point, the flame could be seen from the roof of the Superdome.
— Manu Planetario (@ManuPlanetario) September 21, 2021
— sara jane (@Sisterevelyn17) September 21, 2021
New Orleans superdome is on fire 👀 pic.twitter.com/4kO10UYN1r
— Way 2 Sexy (@Splashystackss) September 21, 2021
My dad still works in Downtown NO. Apparently the Superdome is now on fire pic.twitter.com/7MijgwaRb7
— Drifted Left (@Johnny_Pawny) September 21, 2021
09/21/2021. 3- Alarm Fire. Superdome. Photos by Chief C Mickal, NOFD Photo Unit. pic.twitter.com/MSbIzQgmA0
— NOFD (@NOLAFireDept) September 21, 2021
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The fire was quickly extinguished and deemed under control.
“It was pretty difficult,” said New Orleans Fire Department spokesman Michael Williams. “You’re wearing 75 pounds of gear, it’s an emergency situation and besides the fire danger, you have the danger of falling off the roof of the Superdome.”
Thornton told the newspaper that the fire did not threaten the integrity of the building.
At least we got some funny tweets out of it.
The black smoke signifies no permanent successor to Drew Brees has been named https://t.co/1XnUPlvJAb
— The Bodhisattva (@TheToddNewberg) September 21, 2021