Krewe du Vieux den Ablaze (Updated Again)

Aug 4, 2009 by

I just got an email that there has been a fire at the KdV den. NOLASlate reports that floats from the Seeds of Decline, TOKIN and the Krewe of LEWD are pretty well toasted. I’ll post more when I have it.


Update 10pm CST: This via my fellow Krewe of Chartreuse member Susan Cossabone: “Krewe du Vieux suffered a small problem today with a fire next to the den with the Seeds of Decline float destroyed along with another sub-krewe’s float and smoke and water damage to other floats. I took the crappy photos and Thanks to Charlotte for taking the good ones!! We shall rebuild!!”

Here is a picture of the Den courtesy taken by HumidCity Irregular Charlotte Diem (more forthcoming):


Update 10:10 CST: Via HumidCity Irregular Charlotte Diem: Just got back from the Den Of Muses (Krewe du Vieux’s Den) The Machine shop caught on fire in side the den. The right hand corner of the den where it is located caught on fire. It looks like at least on float was heavily damaged (Token or who ever is located next to Crude) Crude’s float looks like it only has smoke and water damage. Underwhere’s float is fine. (some smoke?) A friend will post photos I took.

Update 8-5-09 11am CST: Via Maitri– Just got off the phone with Ray Kern, captain of Krewe du Vieux. The fire was EXTREMELY localized just taking the Seeds, Tokin and LEWD floats as well as the electrical and transluscent roof on that side of the den. In fact, all the memorabilia and artwork on the ground surrounding those floats were UNscathed. Shay’s metalworks studionext door was completely destroyed, sadly. The two-alarm fire was contained quickly and didn’t spread, but until the electrical to thatend is fixed, the power to the entire den will remain off. Let’s hope insurance comes back quickly and with the right amount of cash.

The inspectors and ATF (commercial building fires now require ATF investigation) are still investigating the cause of the fire. The cause of the fire is still completely undetermined, so anything you hear until Ray gets the final word from the inspectors is speculation.

Many krewe members have already stepped up to help, but Ray will be sending out an email requesting help from skilled (emphasis on skilled) electrical and roofing workers. The whole building needs a rewiring update anyway, so this is the chance to do it right.

More when I hear it. Poor Ray, he’s still fixing his homes from the flood and now this. Needless to say, he’s overwhelmed. All he wants from you who love the krewe are good thoughts and vibes.

Oh, and get this, the den is called the Den of Muses. How many Muses?9. The number of the fire truck that showed up. #9. Coincidence, I think not.

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  1. This from Susan Cossabone: “Krewe du Vieux suffered a small problem today with a fire next to the den with the Seeds of Decline float destroyed along with another sub-krewe’s float and smoke and water damage to other floats. I took the crappy photos and Thanks to Charlotte for taking the good ones!! We shall rebuild!!”

    Pictures are here:

  2. Sad to hear/see – though it seems nobody was hurt which we can all be thankful for.

    Anyone who knows KDV and subKrewes knows this will only make them work harder for a bigger, badder display come Mardi Gras!

  3. I foresee some great themes coming for us Seeds O’ Decline this coming Carnival season: perhaps Phoenixes and Penises?

  4. Since an optimistic view is now being approached towards recovering and themes:
    Maybe “Blazing Paddles”?
    “A Streetcar Named ‘On Fire'”

  5. so thankful no one was hurt.

    … my mind is spinning with ideas..

  6. I’m going to swing by there today and see what I can see.
    Report to follow.

    If there ever was a place where people drew inspiration from disaster…well, you know…

  7. The fire is still under investigation. The Machine Shop caught on fire but was not the cause. Talking to Ray right now.

  8. @LD looking forward to your report from the ground!
    @Maitri added your update above
    @Elspehth R. Blazing Paddles!! I love it!

  9. Good thoughts are flowing to the KdV from this little swamp witch.

  10. There’s also
    “Soot Alors!”
    “Soot-Faced on Bourbon Street”

  11. Well, if there’s still any help needed to clean up by the time Rising Tide rolls around, I’ll have most of Friday available as my flight gets in that morning. I push a mean broom. :)

  12. @Elspeth give me a poke at RT when I’m between announcements.

  13. Sorry L! I’ll chill.

  14. The Vampyre LeThad

    That wasn’t how I planned on finding out where the den is relative to our new home. I didn’t expect it to be a block away.

  15. Sorry I’m late to this post, and also that I bounced it down. Just remember, you overcame Katrina and you can overcome this! Thankfully no one was hurt. I look forward to seeing you all this coming Mardi Gras!

  16. cher

    You know when you get to the unskilled labor part, we are willing and able to help anyway we can, just send the shout!

    So Sorry this has happened.

    • Loki mi brutha. I was just aweaenkd to your blog and that this is indeed the Loki i know and love. It’s jason b. from HOB. I just found Becky’s blog as well. It would seem the HOB crowd is representing in post-K. check out AZ. much love man.

  17. I’ve rolled by there a couple of times, but from what I’ve seen, the initial reports were accurate. The damamge seems very localized, but there was not any way for me to get inside just then.

    As a fairly long term Marigny/Bywater resident, and one that does restoration of older houses, wiring systems often pre date WWII.
    Applying modern industrial electrical equipment to these systems is going to create problems. A machine shop certainly fills that criteria.

    While the buildings adjacent are more 1950’s – 60’s in appearence, who’s to say what lurks inside those walls…

    Bets of luck to all KdV associates in rebuilding the Den and damaged floats. It certainly seems like the Volunteer Irregulars are willing to step up, when the damage is cleared away and the investigation handled.


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