Fire at four family apartment in Pittsfield; Red Cross assisting over a dozen

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)-  More than a dozen people were forced from their homes Tuesday night after a fire at an apartment building in Pittsfield.

Firefighters were called to the report of a kitchen fire at a four family apartment at 150 Wahconah Street just after 9 p.m., according to Deputy Chief Mark Cancilla of the Pittsfield Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived the fire was spreading into the attic, Cancilla said.

No residents were injured, but one firefighter was taken to Berkshire Medical Center with a minor hand injury, Cancilla said.

The building had heavy fire damage to the second floor and attic, with water and smoke damage to the lower floors, Cancilla said.

The intensity of the flames had firefighters decide to evacuate the four family home next door as well.  That building sustained some water damage, Cancilla said.

Over a dozen people that resided in the homes are being helped by the American Red Cross, Deputy Chief Mark Cancilla said.

Wahconah Street was still blocked off Wednesday morning as firefighters extinguished hot spots.

A building inspector will decide when fire investigators can go inside to determine the exact cause of the fire around 11 a.m., according to Deputy Chief Mark Cancilla.


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