A family of five was displaced Sunday night after a double-alarm fire gutted their Burke Avenue home. Upon their arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the first floor of the home – a two-story duplex located at 125/127 Burke Avenue.

According to a press release from the Pittsfield Fire Department, the fire spread to the buildings second floor leading to the blow-out of the second floor rear windows. All 18 firefighter personnel that were on duty were sent to the scene of the fire, and extra manpower was called in along with an engine from Lenox and a truck from Dalton to cover headquarters.

Two occupants were transported to Berkshire Medical Center – one for precautionary measures with a pre-existing medical condition and another for smoke inhalation. A single firefighter was also transported to the hospital for a knee injury.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army were also sent to the scene to aide the family. Fire Inspectors responded to the scene but have not yet determined a cause of the fire, but it was initially believed to be accidental.

 

Spectrum Customers In Pittsfield Go To All Digital Signal Tuesday

Charter Spectrum will establish an all-digital signal in the City of Pittsfield starting Tuesday. The cable company is switching to all-digital across the country in order to encrypt its signal.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that previously established in South County in December and for Northern Berkshire customers in North Adams and Williamstown last week, residents in Pittsfield will now join the ranks of subscribers that will no longer be able to view programs by connecting their televisions directly to the cable. Viewers will need a separate cable decoder box for each television they own.

Pittsfield Community Television's three community access channels — public, education and government currently available on channels 16-18 and 19-1 through 19-3, will be located solely on channels digital channels 1301, 1302 and 1303 once the switch to all-digital takes place Tuesday.

 

Hatfield Vigil Celebrates Life Of Joanne Ringer

More than 100 friends and family, most of them from western Massachusetts, gathered Sunday evening at the American Legion Post 344 on Prospect Street in Hatfield to honor Joanne Ringer’s memory and to continue to fight for justice on her behalf in what organizers’ were calling a public memorial for Ringer.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that just days before the vigil, which was scheduled weeks ago to mark the one-year anniversary of disappearance on March 2nd of last year, human remains that were found in the woods of Hatfield were identified as Ringer’s.

Ringer had left her Clarksburg home to start her first shift at an Easthampton taxi company, but never arrived for the job and was never heard from again. Many of those who were in attendance at the vigil wore purple T-shirts, with "Justice for Jo" and "Bring Jo Ringer Home We Will Never Forget," written on the front and back. Others wore her favorite colors, black, silver and purple. T-shirts, cookies and cupcakes were being sold at the vigil with the receipts from the sales going to help fund more events to recognize Ringer, as well as to cover some of the cost of funeral arrangements.