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UPDATED Crews extinguish fire at Clover Grill; diner temporarily closed

(Photo by Kevin Minsky/The Quarter Rat)
New Orleans Fire crews extinguished a fire that broke out at the Clover Grill on Bourbon Street early Friday morning.

Firefighters received a report of a fire shortly after 3:30 a.m. at the restaurant located at 900 Bourbon St. Emergency police and fire vehicles were seen rushing down Bourbon Street at 3:40 a.m., according to one witness. Smoke could be seen billowing out of the front door as crews arrived on scene.

Update July 3, 2020, 1:02 p.m.: There is no structure damage from the fire and no injuries were reported, according to a social media post from Clover Grill on Friday.

The fire was extinguished shortly before 4 a.m. The extent of the damage is unclear, although the structure, as well as the residential unit on top, are still standing.

“We are sad to report that a small fire broke out last night when we were closed. Thankfully everyone was out of the building and no one was hurt. There is no structural damage and we are hoping that it will be an easy process to clean and reopen.

“In the meantime we will be temporarily closed.”

UPDATED Crews battle 6-alarm blaze at Quarter House Hotel; two firefighters injured

Two New Orleans firefighters were injured Thursday night and are recovering after battling a six-alarm fire that broke out at a Chartres Street hotel, a spokesman said.

Both firefighters became separated from the crews inside the Quarter House hotel, with one becoming temporarily trapped, and suffered smoke inhalation while exiting the building as flames intensified, said New Orleans Fire spokesman Gregory Davis.

The firefighters were transported to a local hospital, but are expected to make full recoveries.

Firefighters responded to a 911 call for a one-alarm fire shortly before 8 p.m. at the Quarter House Resort hotel located at 129 Chartres Street, said NOFD Chief Chris Mickal.

The first crews arrived at 7:55 p.m. and called a second alarm, adding more firefighting resources, after finding the roof of the five-story hotel on fire.

Fire crews were making an interior attack inside the hotel when the fire became stronger, prompting the third alarm to be called at 8:19, with firefighters ordered out of the building, Davis said, adding that the two firefighters separated from their teams and one became trapped in a confined space.

Crews immediately searched for the trapped firefighters and found them, breaking a window as they ran out of air, Davis said.

The blaze was reported out-of-control just before 9:30 p.m. and was upgraded to six alarms at 11:13 p.m., indicating a serious fire that ultimately required more than 80 fire personnel from 27 NOFD units.

The fire was brought under control at 2 a.m., Davis said.

Additionally, Louisiana State Police; the New Orleans Homeland Security and Preparedness, Emergency Medical Services and Police Department responded to the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Davis said.

(Above photo credit: NOFD; gallery credit below: NOFD, first four pictures; Kevin Minsky, last four pictures.)

BREAKING: All three Bourbon Street Johnny White’s locations close permanently

(Photo: Mark Gsthol | CC Flickr)
Three Johnny White’s locations—including the Hole in the Wall, Corner Pub and Pub and Grill—in 718 to 720 Bourbon Street are reportedly shutting the fuck down for good, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune | Advocate.

The White family is scheduled to close on the sale of the three-story building located on the corner of Bourbon and Orleans streets, a deal in the making since last year, the newspaper reported Friday.

Johnny White’s had a reputation for not closing its doors, even during Hurricane Katrina.

The fourth Johnny White’s bar, located at 733 St. Peter Street, is still open but currently shuttered due to coronavirus restrictions.

This is a developing story.