PITTSFIELD --One tenant and one firefighter were treated for injuries during a late-night fire Thursday, according to fire officials.

Firefighters responded just after 9 p.m. to 37 George St., where an upstairs unit of a building that contains three living units and one office was on fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished flames that were shooting out of the unit's window.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Deputy Chief Mike Polidoro. He said the fire started on the second floor. It caused heavy damage to the unit, and water damage was reported on the first floor, Polidoro said. All four units sustained smoke damage, he said.

Amanda Gadd was inside the unit where the fire started and became aware of black smoke in her apartment after she went to check on what her cat was crying about. She said she escaped with the cat before calling the other tenant, Gary Pratt, who was at work. Both of them watched fire officials work the scene from across the street with teary eyes.

Gadd was reportedly transported to the hospital later to be treated for breathing problems.

The tenants were displaced for the evening, according to Polidoro. One firefighter was treated for burns on his wrist, he said.

Power was temporarily cut off to nearby houses but was to be restored to all buildings except for the one that was damaged.


Firefighters respond to the fire, which was quickly contained.
Firefighters respond to the fire, which was quickly contained. (Ben Garver / Berkshire Eagle Staff)