JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Dozens were forced from their homes after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in Johnston Sunday afternoon.

Crews responded to Simmons Village Apartments around 3 p.m. where there was visible damage to several apartment units.

“We have about between 45 to 50 people that now need housing, the American Red Cross is on the way down to help us out with that,” Johnston Fire Chief David Iannuccilli said.

Iannuccilli added that the elevators weren’t working, so firefighters carried multiple people out of the building.

Residents told 12 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.

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.