99-year-old woman’s southeast Houston home destroyed by fire 

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HOUSTON -- A 99-year-old woman's home, which was under renovation, was heavily damaged after flames swept through it early Tuesday.

Houston firefighters arrived around 2:30 a.m. to find flames coming from a two-story home on Oakdale and Palmer.  They made a fast attack, tapping it out, but extensive damage was already done.

A contractor at the scene said the home was under renovation and the elderly homeowner was due to move back in next week.

"It's like a nightmare right now. I don't believe this is happening. We had about one week left to punch out and let her move in; 98 percent finished," Michael Potts said.

Potts said the homeowner had been living at the house for more than 40 years, and was looking forward to returning home.

"She had a big smile on her face every time she'd come to see the work. I don't think anyone has woke her up to tell her what happened yet. I thought it was a dream, this is unbelievable," he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.