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Firefighters battle two large fires in a matter of hours

The first occurred around 1:30 a.m. on the West Bank, while the second occurred around 6:15 in Hollygrove.

NEW ORLEANS — Firefighters are trying to determine what caused a pair of large fires in the New Orleans' area on Wednesday, one of which that destroyed at least one home and damaged two others nearby in the Hollygrove neighborhood.

The first fire occurred around 1:25 Wednesday morning, where NOFD firefighters were called to 2104 Springbrook Ln. and found a vacant apartment building in flames.

Firefighters quickly called for a second alarm as the fire was prominent in two separate locations within the building. The fire was quelled shortly thereafter at around 2:50 a.m., though firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire as the complex has no working utilities.

A second fire occurred in the Hollygrove neighborhood around 6:15, where a vacant house located at 3031 Eagle St. was engulfed in flames. The fire had quickly spread to two adjacent homes and firefighters immediately struck a second and third alarm to contain the spread. Neighbors tell WWL-TV that they heard popping noises and their lights flickered before the fire engulfed the homes.

Each of the three houses is vacant, though neighbors claim they saw vagrants leaving the area at the time of the fire.

The fire was contained shortly after 7:30 a.m..

While originally reported that the cause of the fire may have been electrical, NOFD is still investigating the cause.

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