Several injured during 4-alarm fire in Providence

Frozen scene that followed fire on Bowdoin Street Saturday morning. Providence Fire Fighters Local 799 photo.

Four buildings were damaged during a multi-alarm fire that broke out early Saturday morning in Providence.

Fire crews responded to the scene on Bowdoin Street at around 3 a.m.

The fire heavily damaged three building and a fourth sustained minor damages.

Providence Public Safety tweeted out that six residents were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two firefighters also suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Firefighters had to contend with severe cold and biting winds to put out the fire. The adverse elements were a challenge.

"It's very hot inside the house, you come out you're all wet, you just freeze right up, our hoses freeze, we had a couple engines freeze and our ladder trucks are trying to dig out right now from all the water," said Battalion Chief Stephen Capracotta.

The strong winds were also a concern for neighbors who watched as firefighters battled the massive flames.

"Such fire with this wind, we're just glad it didn't spread even farther, because it was really bad,” said Dell Johnny who lives across the street.

"It was a big struggle, but they did a great job," Johnny added.

Fire officials say one person is unaccounted for at this time.

The fire displaced 22 residents from the 3 heavily damaged buildings.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Stay with NBC 10 as we continue to monitor this developing story.


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