EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Flames and smoke damaged a duplex on New Road in East Providence Saturday.

Fire crews arrived to the scene of the two alarm fire around 4:30 p.m. where they found flames covering nearly the entire back of the house, according to Fire Chief Oscar Elmasian.

The fire had spread to the attic causing significant damage inside and out.  Crews could be seen on the roof battling the flames.

On top of this, we’re told, the weather added more challenges.

“They got about 45 to 65 pounds of gear that they’re carrying. And it’s not the most conducive environment to be working in in this temperature. And then you send crews into attack area, and on a day like this without a fire in that attic area you’re probably looking at temperatures anywhere between 120-150 degrees to begin with. Now we’re gonna be placing a firefighter in an atmosphere like that with  fire and the heat that was already brought on with this,” Elmasian said.

One adult and two children, as well as a cat, were in the home when the fire started.  Everyone made it out safely before crews arrived.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.