PITTSFIELD -- A family of five, including three children, whose apartment was damaged by fire on Sunday were doubly distraught after returning to the home only to discover that someone stole most everything that hadn't been lost in the blaze.
"It's just devastating. ... We just couldn't believe it," said Tammy Proctor, whose 23-year-old son and his family were the victims of both a fire and theft.
She said that her son and his family returned Monday intending to salvage whatever wasn't damaged by smoke or water. The Pittsfield Fire Department fought the blaze at the five-unit apartment building at 44 Memorial Drive on Sunday morning.
The apartment had been ransacked and a game console, television and other electronics had been stolen, she said.
Police were called, but the family is holding out little hope for getting any of their things back.
The family's three young children, a 1-year-old boy and two girls, ages 1 1/2 and 3, are in need of clothes and bedroom furniture, and the family needs food and other basic necessities, said Proctor.
The family is currently being put up in a motel, but will be moving to a new residence this week, she said.
The fire began in the cellar of the Pittsfield Housing Authority-owned building and spread into the walls, according to fire officials.
No one was injured in the blaze. It caused an estimated $20,000 in damage.
"It's been hell. We're taking it day by day," said Proctor.
If anyone wishes to donate items to the Proctor family, they can call Tammy at (518) 649-3749.
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