Fire damages house on Pontoosuc Lake

Crews work on ladders to access the roof of a home at 128 Ridge Ave. in Pittsfield. No one was injured in the fire, which caused significant damage.

PITTSFIELD — A home on the shore of Pontoosuc Lake received significant damage by a fire Thursday afternoon.

No one was injured in the fire, which was reported around noon at the home at 128 Ridge Ave.
Smoke could be seen pouring from the second story and attic of the home moments later. Firefighters had ladders extended against two sides of the home, which was just feet from the shore.
No one was home at the time of the fire.
John Casey, who owns the home with his wife, Wendy, said they had left the house only 15 minutes before the fire was spotted.
"I got a phone call," he said. "I was across the lake — one of my neighbors happened to see it." 
They've lived in the home for 18 years, he said.
"I've already called the insurance company," Casey said while standing outside with a group of neighbors and family members. "Deal with the adjusters, and take it from there. It's not pleasant, but worse things could happen. Nobody was hurt."
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it was possibly electrical, according to Pittsfield Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski.
The home sustained heavy damage to the second floor bedroom and attic areas, along with smoke and water damage, he said.
The fire may have started on the home's second floor, he added.
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