CORNING - The cause of a Thursday morning blaze that engulfed a Market Street Extension home and badly damaged the residence next door is still under investigation.

A nearby Market Street Extension neighbor called in a fire at 315 Market St., Extension to 911, at about 5:24 a.m., Thursday, according to Corning City Fire Chief Brad Davies. City firefighters immediately rushed to the scene.

“Units went to the scene (315 Market St. Extension) and found fire in the rear of the two-story, wood frame home,” Davies said. “The fire had also extended to 311 Market St. Extension home.”

Davies said the people who lived at the two Market Street Extension homes, each two unit apartments, were not injured by the blaze.

“There were approximately six people between the two buildings,” Davies said, “and they are being assisted by the Red Cross.”

Davies said one city firefighter received a minor injury while fighting the blaze. The home at 315 Market St., Extension has extensive damage to the first and second floors and the city Corning Code Enforcement has posted it as unsafe.

At 311 Market St., Extension the home has suffered fire damage to the second floor, Davies said. The investigation is continuing.

The South Corning Fire Department and the Painted Post Fire Department assisted at the scene.