POSTED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 9:18am
UPDATED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 5:32pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA — The factory for an iconic New Orleans food distributor went up in flames over night. The New Orleans Fire Department reports that Hubig’s Pie factor caught fire shortly before 4:30 a.m. on Friday, July 27.
The building located on Dauphine Street was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. The first of what would eventually become 32 fire apparatuses and ninety-five NOFD suppression personnel arrived on the scene at 4:28 am to find the center and rear of the factory fully involved. Subsequent alarms were struck, eventually culminating in a fifth alarm being called for and absorbing almost two-thirds of NOFD on-duty suppression personnel, at 5:36 am.
According to company officials, two or three Hubig Pie employees were in the building at the time the fire began. The fire is believed to have started in the center of the building, in an area called the fry-room, and spread quickly throughout factory.
Two occupied doubles, at 2411 Dauphine St. and 2425 Dauphine St., were the only immediate exposures. The residents of these homes were evacuated and fortunately firefighters were able to prevent any significant fire damage to the interior of the homes.
The parapet, a decorative facade at the top of the factory’s front wall, eventually collapsed into Dauphine St. The entire front wall fell soon after. By this time the building’s roof and most of its interior had been completely destroyed. The fire was listed as under control at 6:42 a.m. with no injuries reported.
The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and Entergy Gas and Electric were all on the scene assisting the NOFD as well the American Red Cross, providing canteen service to NOFD personnel and assistance to potentially displaced citizens in the two exposures.
NOFD personnel will remain on the scene throughout the day completing overhaul and extinguishing hot spots to prevent a possible flair up from the fire. The fire’s cause is being investigated at this time.