Arson suspected in Pittsfield duplex fire

Pittsfield fire investigators believe the fire was set

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Pittsfield Fire Investigations Unit believe arson is involved in a fire that gutted two 2nd-floor rooms of a Pittsfield duplex Monday afternoon.

Pittsfield Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner told 22News no one was home when the fire started in the only occupied side of the building at 242-244 Wahconah Street at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“We believe the fire to be incendiary in origin,” said Deputy Chief Garner. “That means we think it was set by someone with malicious intent with an open flame.” Fire investigators had earlier requested the services of an accelerant-sniffing dog.

Deputy Chief Garner told the 242 side of the duplex had been abandoned, and there was no one at home in the #244 Wahconah unit where the fire started. “No one was home, and the building was secure at the time,” Garner said.

Firefighters called in extra help because of the heat and humidity, and EMTs treated one firefighter for heat stress on site. Garner said that firefighter returned to duty.

Police closed a section of Wahconah Street for about two hours, but it reopened around 5:30 pm Monday.

22News is following this story. We’ll have the latest information on 22News at 10 on the CW Springfield, and on 22News at 11:00pm.

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