PITTSFIELD -- City firefighters on Tuesday afternoon quickly extinguished a fire at the Colonial Gardens apartment complex on Route 8 near the Dalton town line.

The fire was reported around 2:40 p.m. in a second floor apartment of Building 5, according to fire officials at the scene.

"A contractor working in the apartment drilled a hole through the wall and hit an electric cable starting the fire in the wall," said Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski.

The lone person in the apartment at the time and two cats escaped unharmed.

Czerwinski said firefighters quickly knocked down the fire, which was confined to the apartment. The unit sustained smoke, water and fire damage.

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