Saturday July 13, 2013

Berkshire Eagle Staff

PITTSFIELD -- Local and state authorities are investigating the cause of a Friday night fire on Dartmouth Street that sent one firefighter to the hospital with a knee injury.

The two-alarm blaze at 24-26 Dartmouth St. caused fire damage to the cellar of the four-unit apartment house then spread into the walls of a first floor apartment, the Pittsfield Fire Department said. Smoke damage occurred to all four of the building’s living units. The damage was estimated at $25,000, according to the Fire Department.

Eleven occupants of the building were displaced, but no injuries to any of the residents were reported. Several pets were also rescued by firefighters.

The injured firefighter was transported to Berkshire Medical Center. It could not be confirmed on Saturday morning whether he had been admitted for treatment.

The fire is being investigated by the Pittsfield Fire Department, the Pittsfield Police Department, and the state Fire Marshal’s office. The cause was still undetermined as of Saturday morning.

Five engine companies, a ladder truck and a command vehicle responded to the blaze, which was reported at 10:48 p.m. When firefighters arrived they found heavy smoke visible.

The fire went to a second alarm before it was brought under control.



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