EVERETT, MASS. (WHDH) - Fire crews struggled to contain a large blaze at a home in Everett Friday night, rescuing several occupants and cats in the process.

First responders got to the multi-story house on Pearl Street around 9:45 p.m., and began fighting the flames as they shot through the building’s roof.

Rony Pleytez, who lives on the second floor with his wife and three kids, credits a stranger for helping notify his family that the building was on fire.

“My wife was in the living room, my son was in the window. Somebody was screaming to my son, telling him to get out of the apartment,” Pleytez said.

Pleytez said his wife quickly notified the family, who escaped the building to find the fire tearing through their home.

“There were big flames coming out from the windows,” Pleytez said. He added that he ran back inside because he was only wearing a towel. He was able to retrieve some clothing and his wallet.

Crews are still investigating the cause of the fire as cleanup efforts began Saturday morning.

“We lost everything,” Pleytez said. “I don’t know what’s next.”

Firefighters and paramedics also rescued several cats from the home, outfitting them with mini oxygen masks after they escaped the flames.

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