Pittsfield duplex fire displaces multiple people

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PITTSFIELD — Nearly a dozen people were displaced over the weekend after a two-alarm fire ravaged their duplex across from Wahconah Park.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Pittsfield Fire Department was called to 18-20 Canal Ave. off Wahconah Street for a report of smoke in the attic.

When firefighters arrived they found heavy smoke in the attic and second floor of the wood-frame structure, according to city fire officials.

Some 20 firefighters battled the fire that also scorched the siding of the residence next door at 16 Canal Ave.

Fire officials say everyone escaped unharmed, including the resident firefighters found sleeping and evacuated from the second floor.

It's believed the American Red Cross was helping find temporary shelter for the fire victims.

City fire investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire that did an estimated $75,000 worth of damage to the duplex.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com and 413-496-6233.

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