PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A 7-year-old girl is dead and her 2-year-old sister is in critical condition after they were both pulled from a fire that destroyed their Providence home Tuesday, according to Providence Police Commander Thomas Verdi.

The fire broke out inside of the multi-family home on Lucy Street around 1:30 p.m.

Assistant Fire Chief Michael Bates tells 12 News the girls were found on the second floor.

Verdi said both were rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital where the 7-year-old succumbed to her injuries.

Dozens of firefighters responded to the three-alarm fire, which spread to two adjacent homes.

Bates said with the incident being so close to Christmas, it has taken a toll on some of the responding firefighters.

“These are very emotional events. Most of our firefighters have youngsters as well, and combined with the holidays, it’s just a challenge,” Bates said. “When they show up, they want to do the best possible job they can and we always want a really good outcome, so it takes its toll.”

Mayor Jorge Elorza said 14 people have been displaced, which includes some residents of a neighboring home. They’re all being assisted by the American Red Cross.

“It’s just a terrible situation right now but I’m very thankful for our brave men and women in our fire department,” Elorza said. “If it weren’t for them acting so fast and so professionally, things could’ve been even worse.”

It’s unclear what caused the fire, though the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating.