Photos: Historic St. Charles Avenue home destroyed in seven-alarm fire

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Firefighters try to control a seven-alarm fire at Morris-Downman house on 2525 St. Charles avenue. Every Mardi Gras, Rex, king of Carnival, stops at the home during the parade to give a toast. (Zach Brien,

A seven-alarm fire, the largest New Orleans has seen in recent years, destroyed a revered St. Charles Avenue home on Wednesday. For more on the fire, see the Uptown Messenger story here.

Firefighters battle the massive fire at the 150-year-old home designed by Henry Howard. The fire began was under control by 1:45 p.m. (Zach Brien,

Fire Superintendent Timothy McConnell gives the media an update about the seven-alarm fire at the Morris-Downman house. (Zach Brien,

Firefighters work to control the seven-alarm fire that started in the mansion’s basement. (Zach Brien,

Patty Constantine, right, brings baked goods to first-responders at the site. (Zach Brien,

Neighbors and other spectators gather near the Garden District home. (Zach Brien,

Firefighters are given reprieve after going into the burning home. (Zach Brien,

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