The Pittsfield Fire Department responded to 35 Appleton Avenue for a reported Structure Fire early Tuesday morning. Three engines and one ladder truck were dispatched. Upon arrival, shortly after 5 AM, firefighters found the rear of the house on fire. 35 Appleton is a 2-1/2 story wood-framed building with four apartment living units.

A press release from the Pittsfield Fire Department stated that a fire crew stretched a 1-3/4” pre-connect line and extinguished the fire quickly. The fast fire extinguishment enabled the residents of apartment 3 to safely self-evacuate. They were initially trapped due to fire spread by their only means of egress. A second crew assisted with water supply and conducted searches of the building, evacuating all occupants, while another crew assisted with fire extinguishment and overhaul.

Deputy Chief Daniel Garner said via the press release that there was damage to the back of the building, its siding and facade. There was also damage to the home’s porch and door. The total damage was estimated at approximately $5,000.

There were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and it is currently being investigated by the Pittsfield Fire Department, with assistance from the Pittsfield Police Department, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

*This story will be updated if relevant information is provided to us about the cause of the fire.

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