Fire leaves 6 Pittsfield residents homeless

Monday June 18, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Six residents, including a child, were displaced after a fire tore through their two-family home on Sunday afternoon.

The fire was reported about 1:30 p.m. on the second floor of 50 John Street. The house is a yellow 21Ž2 story, multi-family structure on the a narrow residential street that connects Linden Street and Columbus Avenue.

The occupants of the building, including owner Bill Bisgrave, were all at home at the time, officials said. A resident of 52 John Street, Michelle Benson, saw the smoke and alerted her neighbors, and got them all out of the house, according to officials.

The Pittsfield Fire Department sent four engines, one ladder truck and two command vehicles to battle the blaze, which was under control in less than an hour. There were no injuries to any of the occupants, but one firefighter reported a minor cut to his finger.

Fire and police officials were still on the scene as of early Sunday evening. The cause of the fire was undetermined, as was whether or not the structure was insured.

Firefighters reported heavy damage to the entire structure, including heavy fire and smoke damage to the second floor and attic and heavy smoke and water damage to the first floor.

The American Red Cross provided food and clothing for all six tenants and has also found interim housing for them.

"We’ll be following up with them for the next few days to see how they’re doing," said Dawn Leaks, director of communications for the local branch of the Red Cross.

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