NEW ORLEANS - A two-alarm fire broke in the Bywater on Wednesday morning damaged historic homes in the area.
Around 5 a.m., crews were notified of the blaze in a small, one-story cottage home in the 700 block of Congress Street, near the Royal Street intersection. The upper wall of the house was visibly charred.
The fire damaged four buildings total, including the neighboring cottages on Congress Street and a Royal Street cottage located behind those homes.
A large amount of smoke emanated from the attic window of the home on the corner of Congress Street and Royal Street.
The home on Royal Street was originally built in the 1840s, according to its resident. She said she was awakened by flames and had to evacuate her and her dog. The cottage received damage to the outer wall.
The fire was under control by 6:30 a.m.
There were no injuries reported.