CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — A “stubborn fire” that broke out Monday at a multi-family home in Central Falls proved challenging for firefighters, according to the city’s fire chief.

Chief Scott Mello said crews were called to Lonsdale Avenue around 11:30 a.m. and arrived to find heavy flames on the first floor, which were spreading down to the basement and up to the second floor.

Mello told 12 News there were items on the first floor that made it difficult for firefighters to get around.

“There’s extensive storage in the house, so it was a challenge for the guys to get around everything that was in the first-floor apartment to get to the fire, so the fire was free burning,” he explained.

The Red Cross said it’s helping two people after the fire.

No occupants were injured, but Mello said two cats were missing and two firefighters were evaluated after running out of air while inside.