Update, 10:50 a.m., Thursday: Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich identified the two men found dead after a fire at a Metairie apartment complex early Thursday as Lisle House, 82, and Timothy House, 56. 

Lisle House, the father of Timothy House, was found in the hallway of their unit in a fourplex in the 700 block of Orion Avenue, Cvitanovich said. Timothy House was found in the kitchen. 

Check back with The New Orleans Advocate for more details later. 

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An 82-year-old man and his 56-year-old son were found dead after a fire at a Metairie apartment building that also displaced seven other people early Thursday, according to authorities.

Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said it does not appear there were any working smoke alarms in the two-story fouplex in the 700 block of Orion Avenue where the blaze was reported about 3 a.m. The names of the men who died wouldn't be released until after their family had been contacted, Browning said. 

East Bank Consolidated Fire Department Chief Dave Tibbetts said his agency had the fire under control within about a half-hour, but the building was heavily damaged by smoke and flames.

Firefighters were then told there may have been someone who was in the unit where the blaze started who didn't get out, Tibbetts said.

Firefighters searched that first-floor unit, found two men, and pulled them out.

But the pair were later pronounced dead, Tibbetts said. 

The cause of the fire remained under investigation later Thursday. Tibbetts said residents of the three other units escaped the fire unharmed, and the American Red Cross responded to see if they needed help being set up with temporary housing.

Public records in Jefferson Parish list Kim Amundson LLC as the owner of the building where Thursday morning's fire occurred. A phone number for a woman listed as an owner of the company was disconnected. 

Browning on Thursday referred the public to the Operation Save a Life program, which was launched nine years ago and involves local firefighters providing installing free fire alarms to people who apply for them. Browning has repeatedly said homeowners should consider fire alarms a necessity rather than an accessory. 

No other details were immediately available. Check back with The New Orleans Advocate for any updates.

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