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Fire on roof of Superdome controlled

Field Level Media
22 Sep 2021, 07:05 GMT+10

New Orleans firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze on the roof of the Superdome on Tuesday afternoon.

One worker sustained non-life-threatening burns and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, the New Orleans Fire Department said in a news release.

Flames and black smoke were seen billowing from the arena that is home to the NFL's Saints about 12:35 p.m. local time, and the fire department said the blaze was under control by 1:05 p.m.

Fire officials said it appeared to have started accidentally as a result of work being done on the roof. Multiple reports indicated the 10-acre roof was being pressure washed this week in preparation for painting.

There was no immediate word on whether this will affect the Saints' plans to return to the Superdome to face the New York Giants on Oct. 3.

The team has been displaced since Aug. 29, when Hurricane Ida slammed into the New Orleans area as a Category 4 storm. They've taken shelter at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, and played their season-opening "home" game -- a 38-3 win against the Green Bay Panthers -- in Jacksonville, Fla.

--Field Level Media

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