Presbytere Museum, damaged by fire, may take weeks to reopen

Presbytere Museum, damaged by fire, may take weeks to reopen

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Presbytere Museum, damaged by a weekend fire om the French Quarter likely won't be reopened to the public until possibly the end of April.  .Workers say damage to part of the build's air conditioning unit, where the fire originated is damaged much more extensively than first thought.

Remediation crews have been busy making repairs inside the building, cleaning surfaces that may have received smoke damage.  None of the artifacts were damaged, so the repair work consists of wiping down walls and ceilings.  Crews are also using de-humidifiers to help air out the museum.

The fire started in the chiller unit that is part of the building's AC system.  Museum officials say crews will need more time to fully access the damage and determine the full extent of repairs that are needed.  State tourism leaders had hoped to have the museum back open by this weekend, in time for the French Quarter festival.  However, they now say it could be a at least a week and a half, and possibly longer before it can be reopened..

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon at the Presbytere, located in the 700 block of Chartres Street. The call came in to the New Orleans Fire Department as a one alarm at 1:13 p.m.  When firefighters arrived on scene, they noticed smoke coming from all three levels of the building. Fire crews helped security evacuate people and employees out of the building. ing's mechanical room were involved in the fire. Firefighters were able bring the fire under control at 1:37 p.m. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

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