New Orleans Fires

There were several structures burning on one of the aerial shots earlier today. There shouldn't be any electrical power in the city to spark these though I suppose there could still be some residual charge here or there. One of the fires was at a pawn shop that did not appear to be flooded. Makes me wonder if there is some arson going on. There is always the possibility of candles causing problems. I would think anyone living in NOLA would have flood insurance but if not a simple torching would allow collection of home owners insurance. There is a lot of gasoline in the water but hopefully limited enough to not create an even greater threat.
 
On a related note, CNN did say the city of New Orleans is under Martial Law right now... Perhaps the city leaders suspected some of these fires were indeed arsons, thus a contributing factor for martial law.
 
Broken gas lines and open pilot lights are a culprit, I'd guess.
Good point. So many of us have spent our lives living in total electric houses that we tend to forget about the gas factor.
 
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