PITTSFIELD -- A family of five, including three children, is now homeless following a fire at a city housing complex on Sunday morning.

Around 7:20 a.m., the Pittsfield Fire Department was dispatched to the five-unit apartment building at 44 Memorial Dr. managed by the Pittsfield Housing Authority. Upon arrival, firefighters made sure all tenants were evacuated safely as there was smoke in the building due to a cellar fire that spread into the walls, according to Deputy Fire Chief Michael Polidoro.

Polidoro said the fire was under control in 50 minutes, but what caused the accidental fire remains under investigation.

No tenants or firefighters were injured.

All residents were allowed to return to their apartments, except for the Proctor family and their two visiting relatives. The displaced fire victims lived at the rear of the building where most of the damage occurred, fire officials said, estimated at $20,000.

Polidoro added, Pittsfield Housing Authority officials on Sunday were working to find temporary housing for the Proctors.

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