Barge Fire Sends Smoke Over New Orleans

An <"">old barge caught fire in New Orleans yesterday, sending a plume of thick black smoke billowing out over the city. According to WWLTV, the decommissioned barge was being dismantled at Southern Scrap on the Industrial Canal. That blaze may have started a second fire nearby.

The barge contained a large amount of fuel, but it not yet known how much may have leaked from the vessel.

Not long after that fire broke out, crews working to extinquish it noticed another blaze just feet away. According WWLTV a large amount of foam used in automobile seat cushions was burning. A New Orleans Fire Department spokesman said the two blazes were not related, and that extremely dry and windy conditions may have sparked the fire on the foam.

The barge fire began around 11:15 yesterday morning. A boat sent to extinguish the blaze was unable to reach the barge because of problems raising the St. Charles Avenue bridge. According to Fox8TV, crews had to fight the fire from land in the 4800 block of Harbor Road.

The barge fire burned throughout yesterday, mainly because of the large amount of fuel on board. However, no people or property were put at risk, officials said.

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