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Fire in Bourbon Street Bar Filled with Super Bowl Revelers

January 29, 1990

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Fire broke out in a Bourbon Street bar late Sunday as the streets of the French Quarter were jammed with fans celebrating after the Super Bowl, but was contained within an hour.

A police officer and a firefighter were treated for injuries received fighting the blaze, said officials who weren’t able to say how seriously they were hurt.

The fire broke out on the third floor of the Cat’s Meow bar about 9:30 p.m. and was contained by 10:20 p.m., said Fire Department Superintendent William McCrossen. The cause was under investigation.

″It looked like fog was rolling in and next thing the flames were shooting out from the building. Lots of black smoke. Quite scary actually,″ said Marty Swann of New Jersey, who watched from a nearby balcony.

Between 75 and 100 people were inside the bar and several thousand strolled outside on Bourbon Street when the fire began.

Police quickly evacuated and cordoned off the area surrounding the the three-story building, which is located in the heart of the city’s historical district.

″The police finally came in and did a real good job. The mounted police came in and kind of pushed everybody away,″ Swann said. ″The crowd wasn’t really sure why the police were moving everybody back at that point, they were too busy having a good time in the street.″

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