Fire in basement of Pittsfield home displaces 5 residents

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PITTSFIELD — City firefighters quickly knocked down a fire in the basement of a two-family home on Worthington Street Thursday evening that displaced five residents but resulted in no reported injuries.

Deputy Chief Dan Garner reported that firefighters and police responded to 10-12 Worthington St. after a 7:43 p.m. call and found a fire in a small room in a rear cellar area and part of a laundry/living area.

The blaze was knocked down within minutes, Garner said, and under control within about 45 minutes. Damage was confined to about a quarter of the cellar area and a portion of the stairs leading to the site, he said, and moderate smoke damage extended the first and second floors of the 2 1/2-story building.

Fire crews ventilated the structure and also searched the building for any extension of the fire, while utilities were called to disconnect electricity and gas service to the property until repairs could be made.

City building, wiring and health inspectors also were called to check the dwelling, and the cause of the blaze is being investigated by the PFD Fire Investigation Unit and the state fire marshal.

Damage was estimated at from $8,000 to $10,000, according to the fire report.

City Health Director Gina Armstrong said Friday afternoon that one tenant is staying with relatives, while the landlord made arrangements for those in the other unit.

Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6247.


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