Friday July 27, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A fast-moving fire gutted a home on Swan Street on Friday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to 11 Swan St. around 3 p.m. to discover the two-story home engulfed in flames, according to acting Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski.

The house is located at the end of Swan Street, amid a small cluster of other homes. No other house was damaged. Swan Street is located off Hancock Road.

No injuries were reported, but several neighbors expressed concern over the fate of a pair of dogs.

The house is being rented by a young couple who were not at home, according to neighbors. The couple had reportedly just moved into the area, said one woman.

Czerwinski said the fire is under investigation. It appears to have started on the first floor and moved up to the second floor and attic.

Czerwinski said he was still trying to ascertain the owner of the house.

The house was essentially gutted, he said, although a wing on the west side of the house, along with the garage, may be salvageable, he said.

Czerwinski said he was grateful that all 18 firefighters on the day shift were available to respond to the fire.

Units from Lenox, Lanesborough and Dalton also responded to the blaze as stand-by units. County Ambulance was also on the scene.

This story will be updated in future editions of The Eagle.

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