Fire destroys Hubig's Pies factory in New Orleans

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY | July 27, 2012 | 12:36 PM EDT

New Orleans firefighters work to put out a fire at Hubig's Pies in New Orleans, Friday, July 27, 2012. The bakery that pleased New Orleans’ tastes for generations with its locally iconic line of fried snack pies was gutted by fire early Friday. Customers went into a buying frenzy to snatch up pies already on store shelves. The Simon Hubig Pie Co. was a total loss, said Capt. Edwin Holmes, a New Orleans Fire Department spokesman. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Catherine Threlkeld) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fire has gutted a bakery that pleased New Orleans' tastes for generations with its locally iconic line of fried snack pies.

New Orleans Fire Department spokesman Capt. Edwin Holmes says the Simon Hubig Pie Co. in the Marigny neighborhood was a total loss Friday morning. He says houses next to the structure suffered some exterior damage, but no one was injured.

Hubig's had operated there since 1922. Its sugar-coated, hand-size fried pies, most with fruit filling, were familiar sights in grocery stores around the New Orleans area.

Co-owner Andrew Ramsey says the fire began in the fry room at the building's center while a gas-powered cooker was being cleaned.

Co-owner Andrew Ramsey says the company will come back, but couldn't immediately say how long it would take.