NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Five people were forced from their home after a fire broke out in New Bedford on Easter Sunday.

Crews responding to Blackmer Street around 4 p.m. found heavy fire coming from the back of the building making its way up to the roof.

“The initial crews deployed some hose lines-they knocked it down from the outside,” New Bedford Fire Chief James Fortin said. “Unfortunately it did make its way inside the structure. The other crews managed to stop it in place in the rear of the building, before it got into the structure itself, which is a great stop on their part.”

The family of five was all able to get out of the building safely on their own. The Red Cross has been called in to assist.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.