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JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Crews battled a fire at the Simmons Village apartments in Johnston Sunday afternoon.
The fire broke out around 3:00 p.m. and appeared to damage several apartment units.
“We have about between 45-50 people that now need housing, the American Red Cross is on the way down to help us out with that,” said Johnston Fire Chief David Iannuccilli.
Iannuccilli also said that the elevators inside were not working, so firefighters had to carry out multiple people out of the building.
Residents of the Simmons Village apartments tell 12 News it was devastating seeing the building go up in flames.
“It looks like I lost everything I’ve ever owned,” said Deborah Vespia, a resident of the Simmons Village apartments.
Johnston Mayor Joe Polisena Jr. said four people, including one firefighter, were brought to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Iannuccilli said it took about two hours to put out the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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