Burned building next to Bertha's set for demolition

Burned building next to Bertha's set for demolition

A building in Treme that burned to the point of nearly collapsing last week is set for demolition. 

According to Craig Belden, spokesperson for the City of New Orleans, the building will be demolished Thursday.

"In order to ensure public and operational safety, the City's contractor required an additional day of preparation to deploy the right sized equipment to the site, install adequate bracing, and make sure other logistical tools are in place to manage onsite operations during the demolition activity. As such, the demolition will take place today," - Belden

The fire started on Basin Street near N. Villere on Jan. 26.

At its height, it took more than 50 firefighters to extinguish the three alarm fire. Two people and a dog living in an apartment inside the building had to be rescued.

A rear wall of the building has bowed out and that's what firefighters feared could trigger a collapse.

A contractor who was working on the building at the time told firefighters he thinks he caused the fire.

The owner of Bertha's says the contractor told her he was replacing gas lines in the building and then saw flames. While the flames didn't spread to Bertha's, the business suffered heavy smoke and water damage.

"I've been between both places 20 years and the thing about it, how hard I worked here. I'm here day and night and to lose what you have when you worked hard, I just don't understand," said restaurant owner Bertha Bradley.

Bertha's cannot operate business until the building is demolished. Bertha's will not be demolished.

The demolition of the building is set for 9 a.m.