Fire authorities are investigating the cause of a house fire that badly damaged a home at 1100 Barker Road in Pittsfield early Saturday morning. The fire was reported by the alarm company and a 2nd cell call from a passerby confirming an active fire at the location.

According to a media release authored by Deputy Fire Chief Neil Myers, firefighters found heavy fire coming from the rear of the building upon arrival. All of the home's occupants were already safely out of the house. No one from the residence was injured. A Pittsfield fire fighter aggravated his shoulder, but did not need medical attention.

Firefighters began attacking the fire from the rear to knock the bulk of the flames down while others units began fighting the flames through the home’s garage. The fire was brought under control within an hour and crews remained on scene for several hours overhauling and assisting with the Fire Investigation.

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Because the fire happened on the “far end” of the city’s hydrant system, Deputy Chief Myers said Pittsfield Fire called the Tanker Taskforce of Richmond, Lee and Sheffield for backup, though firefighters were able to control the fire without their help. County ambulance and the Pittsfield Police Department assisted at scene. Red cross offered assistance to the homeowners.

The home was very badly damaged. The fire caused heat and smoke damage throughout the first and second floors totaling around $200,000, according to Deputy Chief Myers.

1100 Barker Rd(2)
Fire at 1100 Barker road caused approximately $200,000 in damage. Photo: Pittsfield Fire Dept.

PFD Fire Investigation unit is still working to determine the cause of fire.

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