And then there were two…

…open Popeyes restaurants in the city, after a five alarm fire destroyed the one at Canal & Chartres. GOD NO!!!!!!!!!

Fire guts building, forces hotel evacuations
3/28/2006, 8:12 a.m. CT
The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A five-alarm fire gutted a fast-food restaurant in the downtown section early Tuesday and a nearby hotel was evacuated for a time as a safety precaution, authorities said.

Ten police officers were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Authorities said the fire, which was reported about 3 a.m., near Canal Street was first believed to have been in a hotel, but firefighters instead discovered a building housing a Popeyes restaurant ablaze.

No firefighters were injured, said fire department Superintendent Charles Parent.

The fire did not pose a threat to the nearby French Quarter, authorities said.


There are pictures here:;s=1;w=320

2 Comments so far

  1. Craig (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 9:08 pm

    Oh, the humanity.

    Seriously — glad no humanity was seriously hurt. But when an icon like this catches fire, don’t we all lose? I mean, how many meals have I had in there? God help us all if the St. Charles Tavern ever burns.

    I guess the closest one is the one on St. Charles, which has mercifully returned to normal. But the one on Canal was a BIG one.


  2. Laurie (unregistered) on April 1st, 2006 @ 10:23 pm

    I ate Popeye’s yesterday an’ it was delicious!!!


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