LAWRENCE, MASS. (WHDH) - Three people were rushed to the hospital Friday after being rescued from a multi-family home that went up in flames in Lawrence, officials said.

Crews responding to a reported structure fire on Salem Street around 3 p.m. found flames shooting out of the first-floor windows, Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty said. Firefighters had to use ladders to rescue some residents who became trapped on the upper floors.

“It’s a challenge on a good day, we’re also rescuing a civilian who is very scared. So, the guys did a great job…” Moriarty said, adding, “We’re lucky, it could have been a lot different.”

The American Red Cross is assisting those displaced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

No further information was immediately available.

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