MALDEN, MASS. (WHDH) - Multiple fire crews were called out in the cold Monday to battle a large fire that ignited in an apartment situated over a Malden laundromat.

Thick black smoke could be seen rising from the building on Grove Street where flames began shooting from the roof. Several ladders went up in an attempt to fight the fire from every angle.

“You got to be sure of your footing,” said Fire Chief Bill Sullivan. “The ice takes over everything. The ladders you’re climbing, stairways, sidewalks, you saw it yourself here.”

Some road closures were put in place nearby and drivers were urged to seek an alternate route.

Firefighters say there are six apartments in the building and it does not appear that anyone was home at the time of the blaze.

“I was walking out of the train station and noticed all the fire trucks so I basically sprinted over here knowing that my parents are working luckily they were already out,” said Brian Pham, whose family owns the laundromat.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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