French Market hosting free COVID-19 testing Tuesday and Wednesday

(Photo: The French Market in 2017. | xiquinhosilva/CC)
The French Market will host a free, walk-up COVID-19 testing set on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The testing site is in partnership with the New Orleans Health Department and will be located at the Flea Market space located at 1235 N. Peters St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 30 and July 1.

Oral swab tests will be given, with results available in three to four days.

Appointments, insurance and IDs are not required.

Only people not showing symptoms are asked to get tested at this location. If you are showing symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to coronavirus, call the Louisiana Department of Health directly at 877-766-2130.

The Louisiana Department of Health on Monday reported 7,796 and 532 cumulative coronavirus cases and deaths, respectively, in Orleans Parish.

Suspects sought by NOPD in connection to residential burglary on Burgundy Street

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New Orleans Police are asking the public’s help in identifying suspects wanted in connection to a Tuesday residential burglary in the French Quarter.

The burglary occurred shortly after 9 p.m. when two suspects (pictured above at left) entered the side walkway into the rear courtyard of a residence in the 1000 block of Burgundy Street, according to New Orleans Police.

The suspects allegedly took two firearms, two bicycles and a backpack before fleeing the location towards Esplanade Avenue.

About six hours later, at about 3 a.m. on June 24, an unknown Black male (pictured above at right) used a credit card belonging to one of the victims at the Brown Derby convenience store on Tulane Avenue and Jefferson Davis Parkway, according to New Orleans Police.

Anyone with additional information on the incident or the identities and locations of the suspects is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District Detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

Woman arrested in connection to Decatur Street business burglary

Today marks 47 years since nearly 3 dozen were killed in the UpStairs Lounge fire

(Photo: Location of the former UpStairs Lounge; picture taken in 2016 by Infrogmation | CC)
Wednesday marked 47 years since nearly three dozen people were killed in the UpStairs Lounge fire at 141 Chartres St. in the French Quarter.

The fire was first reported shortly before 8 p.m. on June 24, 1973 as people were enjoying a party on the second floor of the building during the last day of Pride Weekend.

While arson is suspected, no one was ever prosecuted. The fire is often forgotten even though it was the deadliest known attack on an LGBTQ+ club until the 2016 Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando.

The fire’s anniversary comes days after the six-alarm blaze at the Quarter House hotel at 129 Chartres St. in which two firefighters were injured, just a few doors down near where The Jimani bar now sits.

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

The UpStairs fire killed 32 people and injured 15 more. Two white males who died in the fire have not been identified. Those who died include:

Willie Inez Warren, 59
James Curtis Warren, 26
Eddie Hosea Warren, 24
Luther Boggs, 47
Rev. William R. Larson, 47
Dr. Perry Lane Waters, Jr., 41
Horace “Skip” Getchell, 35
Leon Richard Maples, 31
George Steven “Bud” Matyi, 27
James Wall Hambrick, 45
Larry Dean Stratton, 25,
Joe William Bailey, 29
Clarence Joseph McCloskey, Jr., 48
Adam Roland Fontenot, 32
Ferris LeBlanc, 50
Donald Walter Dunbar, 21
Kenneth Paul Harrington, 48
Gerald Hoyt Gordon, 37
John Thomas Golding, Sr., 49
Douglas Maxwell Williams, 20
Robert Lumpkin, 29
David Stuart Gary, 22
Guy D. Anderson, 41
Duane George Mitchell, 31
Louis Horace Broussard, 26
Reginald Adams, Jr., 24
Joseph Henry Adams, 51
Herbert Dean Cooley, 32
Glenn Richard Green, 32
Larry Norman Frost, 32

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.)

Commission proposed to rename Gov. Nicholls Street, other city roads following protests

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New Orleans City Councilmembers on Thursday are slated to consider an ordinance that would create a commission to rename certain streets, a proposal that comes amid recent calls from grassroots organizations to remove so-called symbols of white supremacy throughout the city.

The proposed ordinance followed demands by Take ‘Em Down NOLA during a Thursday press conference at City Hall and protest against racism and police brutality held at Duncan Plaza.

The ordinance would create a commission of nine appointed members who will have an advisory role in renaming certain streets, including Governor Nicholls Street, which runs just over a mile and a half from Treme through the French Quarter.

The street was named after Francis T. Nicholls, a Confederate Army general who served two nonconsecutive terms as Louisiana’s 28th governor following the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Other streets targeted for renaming including Claiborne and Tulane avenues, Galvez and Poydras streets and General Taylor Street.

Additionally, Take ‘Em Down NOLA identified several other French Quarter locations it says bear white supremacist names, including statues of Bienville, Edward Douglass White statue, Andrew Jackson, the KIPP McDonogh School for the Creative Arts and a plaque at Washington Artillery Park denoting that its cannon “served the Confederacy in two theaters” of the Civil War.

The council’s virtual meeting can be viewed via live stream here starting at 10 a.m. and public comment can be submitted here.