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We had the largest fire today in New Orleans in many, many years. A warehouse on the Mississippi River close to Downtown, in the Lower Garden District, that is several blocks long, is being torn down to make way for a new Riverfront Park. The warehouse was empty, but, welders, inadvertently lit a fire that quickly went out of control. Over 100 New Orleans firefighters fought the inferno for most of the morning and early afternoon. The smoke could be seen from over 50 miles from Downtown New Orleans! Here's the story, followed by pics:

Smoke from wharf fire can be seen from as far as the Northshore

02:34 PM CDT on Wednesday, May 17, 2006
WWLTV.com



Thick, black smoke could be seen rising as far as the Northshore as a five-alarm fire burned down an abandoned warehouse in the Orange Street Wharf in the Lower Garden District on Wednesday.


The fire began between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. just a few blocks away from the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center, between Felicity and the Crescent City Connection Bridge.


According to Chris Bonura of the Port of New Orleans, the fire began during a demolition project at the Orange Street Wharf, which had been a non-working facility for more than a decade. The blaze spread to the nearby Market Street Wharf and Bonura said the thick, black smoke was being caused by asphalt being used on the wood in the wharves.


While the warehouse was empty, the building structure was coated with asphalt and possibly creosote -- both materials are carcinogens.


Public health expert Dr. Jim Diaz, LSU Health Sciences Center, said residents should be safe from the smoke because the wind is dispersing it. However, he advised anyone with heart or lung problems should stay inside their homes if they could smell the burning material.


Bonura said a two-mile stretch along the river had been closed as a result. It has since re-opened.


Firefighters were hampered from reaching the blaze earlier because a stopped train blocked the roadway. Helicopters carried large buckets of water from the Mississippi River and dropped them onto the fire.


It was not immediately known what materials were inside the warehouse at the time of the fire. Much of that building collapsed upon itself about an hour after the fire started.


http://www.wwltv.com/local/stories/wwl051706khwharffire.4e1a1421.html







Helicopters dropped water from the air on the fire, as well:













 

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Lexy said:
Would this be the same warehouse that caught fire shortly after the hurricane?
No...different part of the city...further "down river."
 

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Wow, massive fire.

Hey Sean, could you by any chance pm a list of proposed towers, if any? If there is a thread, just pm the link

Thanks
 

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Strangely enough, the fire brought no trauma to people regarding Katrina, but, it did cause some post-tramatic stress for some individuals in relation to 9/11. Some interviewed on the news said it brought back flashbacks of 9/11 seeing such a huge fire and smoke plume close to a Downtown area.
 

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what's the price of hotel rooms near the city? if i showed up for a night in say a week? affordable? decent amount of stuff to do?

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LSyd said:
what's the price of hotel rooms near the city? if i showed up for a night in say a week? affordable? decent amount of stuff to do?

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Absolutely. Prices are normal, and many rooms are available. There's plenty to do. If I wanted to visit N.O., now would be the time to do it. The quarter is pretty quiet during the day. You can walk around and it gives you a different perspective... an historical perspective I guess. You'd enjoy it, and WE NEED VISITORS!!! Seriously, a visit would be apprieciated
 

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Oh my lord! Massive.
 

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Oddly enough, the fire is really not a big deal. All of these wharfs were in the process of demolition to make way for a new riverfront park that will stretch from Jackson Avenue, encompass the current Walderberg Park, and ultimately stretch to Poland Avenue. The riverfront is being redevloped and will include condos and retail.
 
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