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7 displaced in Covington fire

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Fire destroyed a vacant house overnight, heavily damaging an adjacent one and displacing seven residents, fire officials said early Wednesday.

No one was hurt when flames broke out about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2000 block of Mackoy Street, said Battalion Chief John Martin.

The home where the fire originated was empty, but the blaze spread to the occupied residence on the immediate left, he said. 

The residents in the adjacent residence evacuated by the time fire crews arrived. At that point, Martin said, the vacant home was fully engulfed and the occupied one was "going really well."

Crews immediately upgraded the fire to a second alarm to summon more firefighters to assist.

A home on the right sustained minor damage before crews could knock the bulk of the fire down, Martin said.

In all, damage to the home where the fire originated and the neighboring one on the left was estimated at $100,000, he said.

The cause remains under investigation.

About 45 Covington and Newport firefighters responded to the scene and remained there until they cleared about 3:30 a.m., according to Martin.

They plan to go back once daylight breaks Wednesday to continue investigating.

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