City warns people with some health risks about smoke from St. Charles Ave. fire

Chris Miller
February 20, 2019 - 1:45 pm

Smoke from this morning's seven-alarm fire on St. Charles. Ave. is being carried across town on strong winds. The smell was strnog enough that a worker at New Orleans City Hall thought that building was on fire and pulled a fire alarm, prompting an evacuation.

It also has city officials making a public health warning about air quality in the CBD, Gentilly, French Quarter, Treme, Mid-City, Fairgrounds, Seventh Ward, and St. Roch neighborhoods:

Residents, especially sensitive groups including the elderly and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, are encouraged to take the following actions to reduce exposure to smoke and particles:

  •     Stay indoors.
  •     Keep doors and windows closed.
  •     Set air-conditioning systems to re-circulate the air inside the building.
  •     Avoid using exhaust fans if possible. 

If you are having difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention.

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