Buttermilk Drop Bakery In Gentilly Burns Down

Buttermilk Drop Bakery’s Buttermilk Drops

NEW ORLEANS – A 2-alarm fire broke out at the Buttermilk Drop Bakery Tuesday, Nov. 22, sending firemen to battle the blaze at Elysian Fields Avenue at Robert E. Lee Boulevard in the Gentilly neighborhood.

         The New Orleans Advocate’s Matt Sledge reports flames shot 50-feet into the air and the bakery’s satellite location was declared a “total loss” by the New Orleans Fire Department.

         Sledge reports the fire struck the bakery at its busiest season and 20 employees are now out of work.

         The Fire Department reports the fire that brought the building down was the second to strike the bakery in several hours.

         A small grease fire was reported at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21.

         A second 911 call came at 3:46 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sledge reports, that brought 37 firefighters to the scene before 7:00 a.m.

         The Fire Department reports there were no injuries, the bakery was vacant at the time of the second fire and the cause of the second fire remains under investigation.

         Sledge reports the Buttermilk Drop Bakery is still selling its fried dough specialties out of its main location at 1781 N. Dorgenois St. in the 7th Ward.

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