PHOTOS | Daniels Avenue Fire

PITTSFIELD -- City and state fire investigators are still probing the cause of the two-alarm fire that tore through a three-story apartment building late Monday night, leaving a six people homeless and injuring two Pittsfield firefighters.

The blaze broke out shortly after 10:30 p.m. and quickly raced through the three-story wood-frame dwelling at 141-145 Daniels Ave., according to Deputy Fire Chief Michael Polidoro. He said working smoke alarms alerted five residents -- three adults and two children -- who escaped unharmed. A sixth adult tenant wasn't home when the fire began.

However two firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and dehydration battling the flames and intense heat. One of the firefighters was treated at the scene, the other treated and released from Berkshire Medical Center on Tuesday, Polidoro said.

Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Kilmer reported heavy fire was showing in front of the multi-family house when firefighters arrived. He said they made an "aggressive attack" with hand lines to slow the blaze until all five engine companies and a tower truck arrived to help bring it under control nearly two hours later.

Off-duty firefighters were called in to cover the crews who remained at the scene overnight Monday and into Tuesday morning.

Polidoro said the building owner, listed as Anthony J.


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Cimini, boarded up the structure later in the day.

The dwelling sustained "severe structural damage to the first floor from fire, heat and smoke," according to city fire officials, who called the incident a "major fire loss." The damage also extended to the second and third floors.

The Berkshire County Chapter of the American Red Cross reported on Tuesday they are assisting three adults and the two children with housing and emergency funds.

The fourth adult has found temporary shelter, according to Polidoro.

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