NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary experienced a small fire just before noon April 27, impacting the John T. Christian Library. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured during the event.
The fire started in the motor of an exterior air condition chiller unit and never spread to the structure of the library building. Thanks to quick responses from the New Orleans Fire Department and the NOBTS facilities department, the fire was quickly contained and extinguished. Preliminary assessments indicate that the damage was confined to the chiller unit motor.
Due to the nature of the fire, the air conditioning unit pushed smoke into the library and library occupants were evacuated without injury. After extinguishing the fire, the NOFD deployed fans in the building to help dissipate the smoke.
The NOFD completed its work and left campus at approximately 1:45 p.m. At that time the NOBTS facilities department began its full assessment of the damage. The library will remain closed the rest of the day and reopened April 28 at 7:30 a.m.