WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Two people were rushed to the hospital after a house fire in Woonsocket early Friday morning.

Crews responding to the home on Water Street just before 5 a.m. saw flames and smoke coming through the roof.

The fire was contained to the front part of the three-family home, according to Woonsocket Fire Marshall Glen Felicio.

“All residents of the building were able to self-evacuate prior to us arriving,” Felicio added.

A man and a woman were rushed to the hospital with burns, according to Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates. The woman is in critical condition and the man is expected to be OK.

Neighboring towns were called in to help fight the fire due to the heat. Firefighters took turns so they didn’t suffer from heat exhaustion.

“Their focus right now is on some of the communications wires on a neighboring street where I personally saw fire on those wires when I pulled up to the scene,” Felicio said. “We’re unsure if that’s related but they’re looking into that.”

The home is considered a total loss and the Red Cross has been called to assist the three families who lived there.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

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