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Rhode Island firefighters battle extreme cold at four-alarm fire

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Four buildings were damaged and several people were injured in a four-alarm fire that took place in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday.

Fire crews responded to the scene on Bowdoin street around 3 o'clock Saturday morning, which is now completely glazed over with ice. 

The freezing temperatures made it extremely difficult for firefighters to extinguish the raging inferno.

Roaring winds helped the fire spread to neighboring buildings, three of which are damaged beyond repair.

Six residents were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and one person is unaccounted for at this time.

"You come out you're all wet, you just freeze right up. Our hoses freeze. We had a couple engines freeze and our ladder trucks are trying to dig out right now from all the water," said Providence Fire Department Battalion Chief Stephen Capracotta.

Authorities say two fire fighters also suffered non-life threatening injuries battling the fire and another experienced a muscle strain in the aftermath due to challenging conditions. 

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