A small patch of the Caesars Superdome roof caught fire this afternoon, with visible flames and a column of black smoke rising into the sky.
"It's on the roof, where they put the name 'Caesars' at," one eyewitness caller told WWL First News.
"Looked like there was one guy on the roof, 'cuz I know they're working on washing it, they were trying to get a, it looked like a hose, over there, to get some water on it," another witness called in.
The fire broke out just above the Claiborne Ave. side of the stadium, some time after 12 pm. Shortly before 1 p.m., the smoke had mostly dissipated.
Doug Thornton, Executive Vice President of ASM Global, the company that manages the Superdome, told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate the fire began in a "gutter tub" along the roof's edge, and there was no major damage to the building.
Crews have been washing off the grime that has collected on the dome roof before the Saints play their first home game next month, a game delayed by Hurricane Ida. Workers have also been applying the logo for Caesars Entertainment, which became the naming rights sponsor of the Superdome after the deal with Mercedes-Benz expired this year.