Providence firefighters battle 2-alarm fire

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Providence firefighters battled a serious fire on Judith Street Saturday afternoon.

The fire broke out just before 3 p.m.

Deputy Chief Brian Mahoney told ABC6 the department received several calls for smoke coming from all sides of the building.

Mahoney said there was an ‘extreme hoarding situation’ which made extinguishing the fire and visibility difficult. No one was inside of the building when the fire broke out.

“Between the zero visibility and the high heat, we couldn’t determine where the fire actually was, so the companies backed out and hit it from the outside,” Mahoney told ABC6.

“For a period of time, we opened up all the windows, got some ventilation in there and then we were then able to enter the building a little more safely.”

After cinderblocks started to crack, firefighters were removed from the building in case of a collapse.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation

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