2-alarm fire destroys popular Gentilly bakery

2-alarm fire destroys popular Gentilly bakery

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - No injuries were reported after a two-alarm fire at the Buttermilk Drop Bakery that left significant damage to the structure Tuesday.

"We had fire through the roof, most of the interior was already involved upon arrival," said New Orleans Fire Department Capt. Ed Holmes.

It was the second time firefighters had been at the bakery in Gentilly in a matter of a few hours. Around 9:30 Monday night, a fire was reported in a donut fryer. Firefighters left when they didn't detect anymore heat, but another fire erupted hours later.

For several hours Tuesday morning, crews worked to extinguish flames from multiple angles, including from above.

The owners of the bakery offered a statement thanking friends and supporters, as well saying they'll pray for their employees.

Further into the morning, the task of preventing any more fires from igniting began.

"We do our best at this point right now with this we try to wet everything down to make sure that it does not rekindle," said Capt. Mike Windsay, who took over command Tuesday morning.

As they did much of the morning, the work involved checking for hot spots by getting into the charred ruins and spraying them with a high-pressure water hose.

"We do have to expose all of the affected areas just to make sure that it does not travel any further," Windsay said.

Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to nearby homes and businesses.

The owner said they hope to open the location again soon.

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