We're sorry to anyone in the CBD or French Quarter yesterday, because it was rough day.
Yesterday morning, a six-alarm fire broke out in the 1000 block of Canal Street that took nine hours to control and destroyed four businesses (one man has since been arrested). The building where the fire started was owned by none other than popular French Quarter T-shirt mogul Kishore "Mike" Motwani, who acquired Oz last year. His buildings date back to the early 20th century and, as The Advocate story says, were among the few along that stretch of Canal to feature bay windows.
The businesses destroyed in the fire include an Athlete's Foot, a cellphone store, a beauty supply store and clothing store.
And also? This happened in the French Quarter.
Oy, what a day.
· Canal Street fire: NOFD forced outside burning building as collapse threat grows [NOLA.com]
· Man arrested in Canal Street fire; officials say he was trying to keep warm [The Advocate]
· Building where Canal Street fire started owned by controversial businessman [The Advocate]