PITTSFIELD -- Four people are homeless following a multiple-family house fire over the weekend.

Shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, the Pittsfield Fire Department responded to a four-apartment residence at 76 Elizabeth St. where they found heavy smoke and flames in one of the second floor units, according to fire officials. The flames were confined to the apartment’s kitchen, which was gutted. The rest of the building sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

One tenant and one firefighter each suffered a minor injury, with a cat perishing in the blaze, which remains under investigation said Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Kilmer on Sunday afternoon.

The Berkshire County Chapter of the American red Cross was called in to help the fire victims find shelter, but Kilmer says all four tenants sought temporary housing on their own.

Apartment building owner Shawn McDonough says the residence is insured, but he has yet to received an estimated cost of the damage from his insurance company.

To reach Dick Lindsay:

rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com,

or (413) 496-6233