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Amidst another Sunday snowstorm, a fire started inside a triple-decker house on the East Side of Providence.

Flames shot up from the roof of 690 Hope Street as residents watched helplessly.

Providence firefighters battled the blaze for more than an hour.

“It looked like it came up from the back of the building to the third floor wall where it was fully involved,” said Acting Battalion Chief Jeff Gallo.

The acting battalion chief says firefighters did not have any problems with water supply or hydrants. Instead, the bigger challenge came from inside the home.

“There was a lot of debris inside the house that impeded our progress.”

The homeowner is Vivian English who is the widow of Award Winning Photographer Ed English.

English family members said several of his negatives and photographs were inside the home. Many are now destroyed.

Some of the pictures include John F. Kennedy wedding pictures, John Junior’s graduation at Brown University and Babe Ruth when he played in Providence.

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