Two Displaced after Friday Afternoon Fire in Pittsfield
There were no injuries reported as a result of a fire on Friday afternoon in Pittsfield that displaced two residents. City firefighters responded to a housing complex located at 162 Woodlawn Avenue for a report of smoke in the building just after 4 PM. Three engines and other fire vehicle responded.
According to a media report from the Pittsfield Fire Department, upon arrival firefighters discovered smoke and fire in apartment 12 which extended to the exterior of the structure.
According to on duty Deputy Fire Chief Ron Clement, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, which was contained to a window encasement and multiple exterior cedar shakes, in roughly fifteen minutes.
Apartment 12 sustained fire, smoke, and water damage. A second apartment, number 6, received some water damage.
According to Deputy Chief Clement, there were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. The Red Cross was on site to assist the two occupants that were displaced by the fire with alternative housing, as the fire, water, and smoke damage sustained, would not allow them to remain in their apartments.
The deputy chief, in his media report, said that the fire is still under investigation by members of the Pittsfield Fire Department’s Fire Investigation Unit.
In other fire related news in the county, the Berkshire Eagle reports that a condemned and abandoned home in Windsor ordered demolished was burned Saturday as part of a firefight drill. According to Windsor Fire Chief Scott Eastwood, the controlled burn, permitted by MassDEP went as planned. The Eagle also reports that while the cause of a fire that destroyed one of two indoor stages at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket last month is still under investigation, small groups of artists are returning to the campus for residencies.
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