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New Orleans Superdome Fire Now Under Control


Smoke rises from roof at New Orleans' Superdome in New Orleans, Sept. 21, 2021, in this photo provided by New Orleans fire department.

The Caesars Superdome, a professional football arena located in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the U.S. South, caught fire Monday afternoon, leaving at least one person injured.

Local news reported that roughly 70 employees were evacuated from the arena, home to the New Orleans Saints football team.

NOLA Ready, the city's emergency preparedness agency, said at 1:20 p.m. Central time that the fire was under control but advised residents to continue to avoid the area.

According to the city's Emergency Medical Services, one person was taken to the hospital to be treated for "minor" burns.

Photos from the scene show dark plumes of smoke rising from the roof of the arena.

Authorities in New Orleans have not disclosed how the fire started.

In addition to being home to the city's football team, the Superdome is well known for housing thousands of New Orleans residents during Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the city in 2005.

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