A Pittsfield home was badly damaged in a fire yesterday afternoon according to a release from the Pittsfield Fire Department.

Yesterday, July 29 at approximately 12:35 pm the Pittsfield Fire Department responded to 16 South Atlantic Avenue for a reported structure fire. Pittsfield Police were at a neighboring house when they were notified of the fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the home to be a 2-1/2 story, wood-framed building. Heavy fire conditions were found in the first-floor kitchen area as flames spread into adjoining rooms.

The two residents who were home at the time were already out front when Pittsfield Fire arrived, but a family dog was still in the home. Firefighters managed to get the dog out of the home, but it was too late. No firefighters were injured in the rescue.
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Reports from PFD estimate that the house suffered about $20,000 to $50,000 in damage, largely from heavy fire and smoke on the first floor and smoke damage throughout. The house has been deemed uninhabitable.
The family is believed to have lost most of their belongings and were assisted by Salvation Army and the Red Cross in finding temporary housing.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation.

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