PITTSFIELD — Four family members — one in a wheelchair — escaped unharmed on Monday afternoon after a fire broke out in a second story bedroom of their Bay State Road home.
“My daughter just came out screaming there was a fire,” said Rebecca Peterson. “ I have never had a fire before — you never think it will happen to you. At least everybody is safe.”
Two members of the family weren’t home at the time of the fire. Three cats were unharmed.
The fire, which was reported at 5: 17 p. m., was knocked down with two hose lines within five to ten minutes after arrival, according to Pittsfield Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski. The damage was contained to the second floor bedroom.
Three engines and one ladder truck responded to the call.
The single- family home is occupied by four generations including a grandmother, her daughter and son- in- law, their two daughters and one greatgranddaughter, Czerwinski said.
Joan Peterson, 82 and confined to a wheelchair, made it out safely and was sheltered in a neighbor’s house while firefighters were extinguishing the flames.
The structure is a two-and-a-half-story wood frame home with roughly 1,500 square feet, Czerwinski said.
He said the Red Cross was working on finding temporary housing for the family.
Czerwinski estimated the family would be back in the home is a couple of weeks, and that damage was mostly contained to the contents of the bedroom.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Czerwinski said.