PITTSFIELD -- The damaged home of a Pittsfield boy who was seriously injured in a fire has been burglarized, according to authorities.

A contractor working at the fire-damaged home told police that he entered the residence on Saturday to find the basement flooded and the copper piping ripped out, Pittsfield Police Sgt. Michael Maddalena said.

The contractor, who works with Complete Restoration Solutions, also told police that he noticed a television from the home was missing earlier in the week, Maddalena said.

"It's bad enough your son is fighting for their life," said a neighbor who declined to be identified. "It's a disgrace."

Police are investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made.

The Merriam Street home was heavily damaged by a kitchen fire on Dec. 4 when the father, who had just returned from an overseas trip, fell asleep while cooking a meal for his son. The 9-year-old boy was rescued from a second-floor bedroom; the father and a family friend were able to escape.

The boy, who has not been identified by authorities, suffered smoke inhalation and remains in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Pittsfield Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Polidoro said the home has been uninhabitable since the fire caused extensive damage. Major renovations are needed, though the residence is salvageable, he said.

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