The roof of the Superdome catches fire in New Orleans; an injured person with minor burns
NEW ORLEANS – Smoke and flames crossed the roof of the Superdome on Tuesday as crews worked to clean up and prepare the New Orleans sports and entertainment arena for painting.
The New Orleans Fire Department confirmed that firefighters responded to the flames on the roof of the building shortly before 1 p.m. The fire appeared to be brought under control shortly thereafter.
New Orleans Emergency Management Services said on Twitter they were transporting a person to hospital for minor burns. Emergency services have called on people to stay away from the area.
Crews pressure washed the roof this week to prepare it for painting, officials said.
The fire occurred in a section of the roof of the Superdome called a “gutter tub,” said Doug Thornton, ASM’s global vice president of stadiums, speaking to The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate .
ASM Global manages the Superdome. A spokesperson did not immediately respond to a phone call from The Associated Press.
The New Orleans Saints have regularly played home games at the site, often drawing full crowds. The Superdome has also been the site of seven Super Bowls over the past decades.
The Saints’ next home game at the Superdome is scheduled for October 3, when the team faces the New York Giants. The team’s last pre-season home game, scheduled for August 28, was called off due to Hurricane Ida, which made landfall the next day. Since the storm, the Saints have been training in the Dallas area. The team’s September 12 game against the Green Bay Packers has been moved to Jacksonville, Fla., For the sake of New Orleans’ larger infrastructure and staff at the Dome, although the Dome itself. was not damaged during Ida.