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Fire destroys 7th Ward home; damages house next door

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

A two-alarm fire Monday in the Seventh Ward destroyed a house that had been unoccupied since Hurricane Katrina and severely damaged a home next door.

The fire broke out in the 1600 block of N. Claiborne just before 4 p.m. It took firefighters less than an hour to get it under control.

The owner of the home where the fire started did not live there. She said a neighbor ran over and told her about it.

“All I did was run out of the house with no shoes and left her.  And I just ran there and everything was up in a blaze,” said homeowner Josephine

James said the house had no electricity or running water, and she was working on getting it restored.

Fire officials say a couple lived in the other duplex that was damaged. They were not home at the time.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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