2 residents displaced after early morning North Adams fire

North Adams Fire Chief Steve Meranti talks with firefighters Saturday, outside a residence on Cady Street, in the wake of an early morning fire. The building likely will be classified as a total loss, Meranti said.

NORTH ADAMS — Occupants of a two-unit residence on Cady Street were displaced by an early morning fire Saturday that essentially destroyed the second floor and attic and left the first floor with extensive water damage.

The 911 call came in at 5:12 a.m., according to North Adams Fire Chief Steve Meranti. He said that when the first crew arrived, the attic was fully involved and flames were seen burning through the second-floor walls.

"The occupant woke to smoky conditions," Meranti said. "She grabbed her dog, left the building and called 911."

The chief said one firefighter suffered a minor burn on his wrist. There were no others injuries, aside from a cat that firefighters found in the building. They applied oxygen and took the cat to a veterinarian. It is expected to survive.

The other occupant of the building was out of town.

Meranti said the Red Cross is working with the displaced occupants to be sure they have alternative shelter.

The building, at Cady and North streets, likely will be classified as a total loss, Meranti said.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation with the help of the State Fire Marshal, although, Meranti said, "it does not seem to be suspicious in nature."

North Adams firefighters responded with three engines and one ladder truck. The Clarksburg Fire Department had a truck at the North Adams station to respond to other calls while the fire was attacked.

All off-duty personnel were called in, and there were about 20 at the scene.

Scott Stafford can be reached at sstafford@berkshireeagle.com or 413-629-4517.