Left and right eastbound lanes of High Rise closed after fire potentially damages support columns

High rise structure concerns
DOTD inspectors on site. Source: Fox 8
DOTD inspectors on site. Source: Fox 8

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Fire Department battled a two-alarm fire late Wednesday night under the High Rise.

NOFD responded to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls of a fire burning under the Interstate-10 overpass of the Industrial Canal near Downman Rd.

Firefighters were dispatched to investigate what was initially described as a trash fire.

NOFD found a very large trash fire burning directly under the High Rise Exit 240A. According to NOFD, the fire was at an old vehicle inspection station that has not been in use for years.

The trash fire was primarily fueled by a large number of tires. Firefighters immediately began to aggressively attack the fire but became increasingly more concerned about the structural stability of the bridge.

A second alarm was then called in to assist.

After the fire was placed under control, firefighters were able to assess the damage the fire caused.

There was evidence of spalling on several of the columns supporting the interstate, according to NOFD.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (DOTD) are evaluating the structural stability of the bridge.

The right and left I-10 eastbound lanes of the High Rise are closed as DOTD evaluates the structure. The center lane remains open for traffic.

To avoid delays use Chef Menteur Highway as an alternate route.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.