Rodents' revenge

Sunday, August 26
PITTSFIELD — A Ridge Avenue resident's plan to get rid of rodents backfired, literally.

On Thursday night, a first-response team from the Pittsfield Fire Department spent 90 minutes working to put out a fire caused by smoke bombs designed to get rid of rodents, according to a department report.

At 8:26 p.m., Deputy Chief Mark Cancilla arrived on the scene with three fire engines, a ladder truck and a command vehicle.

The home is a single-floor wood structure. Firefighters found that the smoke bombs had been placed within the crawl space under the front and rear of the home.

According to Cancilla, homeowner Maria Gennari noticed flames and tried to put them out with a garden hose. When that didn't work, she called the Fire Department.

The insulation and floor joists had ignited. The response team removed the insulation and hosed the underside of the house to extinguish the fire. Cancilla called the damage to the underside "moderate."

The Fire Department closed up the house for the evening, and Gennari spent the night with friends. She was able to return home yesterday. No one was injured during the incident.


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