A firefighter was injured and two cats were killed in a Providence fire Tuesday afternoon.
The two-alarm fire broke out at a home on West Street, with heavy winds fanning the flames.
The firefighter, who is a captain, fell down the stairs while battling the blaze. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated. His condition was not immediately available.
Two people living in the home, who were inside at the time, made it out safely. However, two cats perished in the fire, and a third, which is named Molly, remains missing.
“I really hope that she got out. I wish that they all got out. I really hope that she got out and we find her,” Zabrina Kirk, who lived inside the home, told NBC 10 News.
An electrical fire sparked on the second floor and much of the home came crumbling down. Firefighters said the home is a total loss.
“I came home and my house is on fire — and everything we own is in that house,” Kirk said.
But it was more than just a house for Kirk. It’s the home generations of her husband’s family grew up in.
“My husband was born and raised in this house,” she said.
Now, the place won’t ever be the same.
“I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it,” Kirk said.
But the one silver lining to the fire is that no one was badly hurt, with everyone escaping flames just in time.
“Everything in that house can be replaced except for the animals,” Kirk said.
The fire marked Providence’s third blaze on Tuesday, according to authorities.
An earlier fire occurred on What Cheer Avenue in the Silver Lake area, destroying that home and displacing another family.
The third erupted on Fox Hill Road when a car struck a building. No one was hurt and there wasn’t any structural damage.
Meanwhile, Kirk and her family are still looking for Molly. They are staying hopeful, even though everything they own is gone.
“I’m just — I’m devastated,” she said, adding that she and her loved ones plan on restoring the home.