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Cause of early morning house fire under investigation

Savannah firefighters work to extinguish flames on the lower roof of a duplex early Thursday morning. (Source: Savannah Fire) Savannah firefighters work to extinguish flames on the lower roof of a duplex early Thursday morning. (Source: Savannah Fire)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah firefighters were out battling an early morning house fire on E. 38th Street. 

The call went out around 2 a.m. Thursday to a fully involved structure fire in the 200 block of E. 38th St. 

When fire crews arrived they found heavy flames coming from the back of the structure. Officials say flames were still visible an hour after they began battling the blaze. 

The couple who lives at the home said it is a multi-unit apartment home and there were seven people living there. Fire officials say everyone did make it out safe and no injuries were reported. 

"I was in bed and I heard a loud boom and then I got up and went into the bathroom and the smoke was pouring through the walls," said Joann Tyson, who lives there. 

The fire is out and firefighters continue monitoring hot spots. The home suffered extensive damage to the back and heavy smoke and water damage throughout. 

"When they (flames) get into the wall you have to kind of chase them and that is what takes a little longer," said Mark Keller with Savannah Fire. 

The seven people living there have been displaced and Red Cross volunteers responded to the scene and are assisting those affected with funds for food, clothing and temporary shelter. 

"I am alive, thank the Lord for that," said Tyson. 

At this time, police have the intersection of 38th at Lincoln streets blocked. Drivers should avoid the area.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time. An investigator will be out Thursday morning to determine an exact cause.

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