Two kitchen fires displace 10 Pittsfield residents

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PITTSFIELD — A pair of accidental kitchen fires this week have displaced 10 city residents, according city fire officials.

No one was seriously injured in either incident, but a dog had to be rescued.

Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Pittsfield Fire Department was called to apartment 12 of the Christopher Arms at 324 Columbus Ave., where flames and heavy smoke damaged the kitchen, Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner reported.

Firefighters quickly doused the fire, removing burning cabinets and the stove from the building.

One of the three residents suffered smoke inhalation trying to extinguish the fire, but refused medical treatment. All three occupants were displaced by the fire, which was ruled an accident due to cooking.

Late Monday afternoon, a similar fire left two Elm Street families temporarily homeless.

Around 5:30 p.m., firefighters were called to 164 Elm St., where they found heavy smoke in the kitchen of the first-floor apartment in the two-and-half story home next to Elm Street Martial Arts.

The fire, which destroyed the kitchen and spread smoke throughout the first floor, was under control in under 30 minutes, according to Deputy Fire Chief Mark Cancilla. He said the American Red Cross was finding temporary shelter for a total of seven people, including two children — none of whom were home at the time.

A dog on the second floor was rescued.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it appears to be accidental — likely involving the toaster, Cancilla said.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.


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