Massive fire breaks out on roof of New Orleans’ Superdome stadium

A massive fire has broken out on the roof of New Orleans’ Superdome stadium injuring at least one person. 

On Tuesday afternoon, thick plumes of smoke and flames could be seen rising from the stadium’s roof. 

The New Orleans Fire Department said it was responding to the three-alarm fire shortly after 1pm.  It’s not clear if anyone has been injured.

Around 1pm, the roof caught fire and smoke became visible throughout the city. By 1.30pm employees were allowed to re-enter the building.  

A worker who was in the stadium when the fire broke out says he didn’t realize the roof was on fire until he was ordered toe evacuate. 

 ‘I got calls from my friends telling me it was on fire,’ the unnamed worker told NOLA.com

Dough Thornton, VP of stadiums for the company that manages the superdome reportedly told a local reporter that the fire had started ‘in the gutter tub’ on the roof while workers were pressure washing the 10-acre roof to prepare it to be painted. Thornton said the fire is under control. 

The stadium, which is located in the city’s central business district and which was officially opened in 1975, is home to the New Orleans Saints. The team are playing away this weekend, and are set to have their next home game on October 3. 

This is a developing story 

A massive fire has broken out on the roof of New Orleans' Superdome Stadium. On Tuesday afternoon, thick plumes of smoke and flames could be seen rising from the stadium's roof

A massive fire has broken out on the roof of New Orleans' Superdome Stadium. On Tuesday afternoon, thick plumes of smoke and flames could be seen rising from the stadium's roof

A massive fire has broken out on the roof of New Orleans’ Superdome Stadium. On Tuesday afternoon, thick plumes of smoke and flames could be seen rising from the stadium’s roof

The New Orleans Fire Department said it was responding to the two-alarm fire shortly after 1pm. It's not clear if anyone has been injured

The New Orleans Fire Department said it was responding to the two-alarm fire shortly after 1pm. It's not clear if anyone has been injured

The New Orleans Fire Department said it was responding to the two-alarm fire shortly after 1pm. It’s not clear if anyone has been injured

It's not yet clear what the cause of the fire was, but NOLA.com reported that crews had been power washing the 10-acre roof to prepare it to be painted

It's not yet clear what the cause of the fire was, but NOLA.com reported that crews had been power washing the 10-acre roof to prepare it to be painted

It’s not yet clear what the cause of the fire was, but NOLA.com reported that crews had been power washing the 10-acre roof to prepare it to be painted

Around 1pm, the roof caught fire and smoke became visible throughout the city.

Around 1pm, the roof caught fire and smoke became visible throughout the city.

Around 1pm, the roof caught fire and smoke became visible throughout the city.

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