Update: 2-alarm fire breaks out on Daniels Ave. in Pittsfield; 3 families displaced


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Note: This story was updated at 08:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

PITTSFIELD -- A 2-alarm fire tore through a three-story apartment building at the corner of Daniels and Madison avenues late Monday night, displacing three families with children, and injuring two city firefighters.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Two Pittsfield fire investigators were at the scene and the state fire marshal's office had been called to send an investigator, Deputy Chief Keith Phillips said early Tuesday morning.

Crews were called to the fire at 133 Daniels Ave. shortly after 10:30 p.m. According to a report by Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Kilmer, heavy fire was showing in front of the wood frame building upon their arrival. Firefighters first on the scene made an "aggressive attack" with handlines to slow the blaze until all five engines and a ladder truck arrived to completely douse the fire, which appeared to be under control by 12:15 a.m.

Off-duty firefighters were called in to man the station, as the on-duty crews remained at the scene overnight and into Tuesday morning.

According to a Pittsfield Fire Department report, two firefighters were injured. One was treated at the scene and one remains hospitalized on Tuesday, both suffering "heat exhaustion and dehydration."

The apartment building sustained "severe structural damage to the first floor from fire, heat and smoke," according to the report, calling the incident a "major fire loss." Damage also extended to the second and third floors.

The fire department reported that three families were displaced, and are being assisted with emergency food and lodging through the Berkshire County chapter of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross reported that some of the family members include children.


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