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Two-alarm fire damages two New Orleans East homes

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

New Orleans Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze that left two occupied homes in New Orleans East damaged. The fire occurred Sunday at 11:22 a.m. in the 6700 block of Tara Lane. 

According to an NOFD spokesperson, the fire was caused by two young boys, ages seven and four. The boys were playing with a lighter, lighting pieces of paper and throwing them from a bedroom window on the second floor of the home. A piece of paper ignited a tarp on the back patio. Both the father and grandmother of the boys were home at the time of the fire. When the father noticed the fire, he attempted to put it out using a garden hose. He was unaware that the fire was already burning in the rear wall of the home and spread to the neighboring residence attached to the townhouse.

An employee from a business across the street saw the smoke and called 911. When firefighters arrived, the fire was already burning in the attics of both homes. Crews had the fire under control at 12:07 p.m. The cause of the fire is listed as "accidental/kids playing with fire" and no injuries were reported. In addition to the NOFD, the New Orleans Police Department, EMS and Entergy personnel all responded to the scene. Also on scene were members of the American Red Cross who assist the families who were displaced by the fire.

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