Update, 9:50 a.m. Monday

An early morning fire burned one home to the ground and badly damaged the home next door Monday, New Orleans fire officials said.

The two-alarm fire started around 4:37 a.m. at a home at 1536 Piety Street, near the intersection of North Claiborne Avenue, the New Orleans Fire Department said in a news release. The home, which was unoccupied, was already fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, NOFD said.

The fire had also extended to the home next door at 1538 Piety Street. That homeowner told firefighters he noticed an “orange flow” outside his kitchen window and saw that the home next door was on fire. He was able to get himself, his wife and their three children out of the home.

The home where the fire started was “burned down to its foundation,” NOFD said, while the neighboring home received extensive fire damage.

No injuries were reported. The fire was deemed under control at 5:04 a.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Original story:

A two-alarm fire destroyed one home and badly damaged anothe early Monday near North Claiborne and Piety, WWL-TV reported.

No injuries were reported in the 4 a.m. fire.

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