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Hubig's Pies Factory Burns Down in Five-Alarm Fire

MARIGNY -- A five-alarm fire burned the 90-year-old Hubig's Pie Factory to the ground early Friday morning. The blaze is believed to have started just after 4:20 a.m. in the fry room, located at the center of the iconic factory at 2417 Dauphine Street. Firefighters found the building fully involved with flames when they reached the building at about 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, though 2-3 employees were in the building when the fire began, and had to escape, according to the New Orleans Fire Department. Click through for photos from the scene:


About an hour after the fire started, a decorative facade at the top of the factory’s front wall collapsed into Dauphine St. Soon after, the entire front wall of the factory collapsed. By the time the wall went down, the building’s roof and most of its interior were completely destroyed. A total of 32 trucks and 95 firefighters responded to the fire.


Fire officials said the scorcher was under control at 6:42 a.m. Nearby homes at 2411 and 2425 Dauphine St. also received damage from the fire, but the flames did not reach the interior of the homes. Residents were evacuated from those houses.


The bakery produced the single-serving pies filled with fruits and other sweet tooth satisfiers that were delivered daily to grocery stores and other spots around New Orleans in the iconic packaging featuring Savory Simon. The Hubig's company, founded during World War I by Simon Hubig in Fort Worth, Tex., opened the factory in 1922. At the time, it was one of several bakeries in the company's chain. But it was the only outlet to survive the Depression. The factory sustained damage in Hurricane Katrina and the Federal Flood, but reopened.


Owner Andrew Ramsey said he plans to rebuild.


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