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PITTSFIELD — City firefighters quickly doused a fire at a single-family residence on Sunday afternoon that left a family of four and several pets homeless.

Around 3:30 p.m., the Pittsfield Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 46 Brenton Terrace. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire on the front porch that was beginning to spread inside the three-story structure.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire, confining it to the porch and entry area. Fire officials say everyone got out safely, but firefighters had to rescue two dogs and a cat. The American Red Cross is helping find temporary shelter for the occupants.

Fire investigators blame improper/careless disposal of smoking materials as the cause of the incident.

Fire officials put the estimated cost of the damage between $10,000-15,000.


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