Owners of French Quarter's Olivier House Hotel set on resuming operations after late-night fire

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:50:18 PM. A fire late Sunday badly damaged the rear wing of the Olivier House Hotel in the French Quarter, but its owners said they are optimistic they will be able to
A fire late Sunday badly damaged the rear wing of the Olivier House Hotel in the French Quarter, but its owners said they are optimistic they will be able to return to normal operations after a brief closure. No one was hurt in the fire, which began just before midnight, but it displaced about 70 guests staying at the 178-year-old compound at 822 Toulouse St. The New Orleans Fire Department did not release any details about what may have started the blaze. Bobby Danner, whose family has owned the Olivier House for about 50 years, said he understood that the department was investigating the possibility that a discarded cigarette helped to ignite the portion of the property that once served as slave quarters.  The Fire Department sent more than 60 firefighters to the site, stressing the hotel's proximity to other buildings in the tightly packed historic district. It took them nearly 2½ hours to bring the three-alarm fire under control, officials said. Chief Rudy Taranto said the department prevented the blaze from spreading to the hotel's main house. However, there was a mixture of flame and smoke damage to the upper floors of the slave quarters, Taranto said. Standing in the lobby of the 42-room hotel on Monday morning, Danner said he was relieved that none of his guests, employees or the first responders who evacuated the hotel and fought the fire were injured. He said he anticipated having to close the business temporarily, but early signs were encouraging that the damage...Read more
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