Explosive fire damages 2 homes, car in northeast Atlanta neighborhood

Crews battled an explosive fire that damaged two northeast Atlanta homes early Friday morning.

Officials confirmed the fire started a home on the 200 block of Martha Avenue near the Oakhurst Park area and spread to a neighboring building.

The homeowner, who told FOX 5 Atlanta he was a disabled veteran, said he lit a candle and then walked outside to his back porch to drink his coffee. While smoking, the man said he heard an explosion and turned around to see his house on fire.

Both the homeowner and his mother were able to get out of the burning home safely.

Firefighters were at the scene minutes after the fire was reported. The saw two neighboring homes and one car also in flames when they arrived.

Officials say no one was injured in the blaze after multiple searches of both homes and the car.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.