Pittsfield fire chief confirms arson at Ponterril building

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Thursday October 11, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield Fire officials say an accelerant was used to start the fire that destroyed a vacant building at Ponterill, a YMCA subdivision near Pontoosuc Lake on Wednesday night.

According to Pittsfield Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski, he and members of his department, including arson investigators, were at the site Thursday morning and located the spot the fire was started.

"It was definitely intentionally set," he said.

The chief said the department would be working closely with Pittsfield Police in their investigation.

"Whoever did it will be facing pretty serious charges," Czerwinski said.

At about 9 p.m. Wednesday, Pittsfield firefighters responded to 21 East Acres Road, where the single-story building was engulfed in flames. Czerwinski said there were about 18 firefighters involved in fighting the blaze. No one was hurt.

The building, owned by the YMCA, was commonly referred to as the former caretaker's house and had been vacant for about 10 years.


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