PFD Battles Fire Until Early Morning Hours, No One Injured
The Pittsfield Fire Department responded to a Taylor St. fire just after midnight today.
At 12:08 am (June 10) firefighters responded to 79 Taylor St. for a reported building fire. While en route dispatch received multiple calls reporting heavy fire involvement.
Upon Car 2 and Engine 3's arrival, PFD found a well-involved fire to the rear of a two and a half story wood frame residence with a 20lb propane tank with relief valve activated and on fire.
A double alarm was struck immediately upon arrival bringing the entire on-duty PFD force to the scene. Engine 3 immediately began fire attack on the propane tank and rear of the building, quickly darkening down the blaze. Engine 1 assisted with water supply and stretching lines into the building.
The rest of the department provided support with laddering, access, and an intense fire attack on the structure. Water supply was a struggle being at the end of a dead-end main requiring additional hydrant lines laid. Companies were unsuccessful with a hard-fought interior attack and we were ultimately forced to fight from the outside with master streams.
Six occupants were home at the time, but the one was awake at the time and woke to others who were able to evacuate safely. One resident suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to Berkshire Medical Center.
Berkshire Gas and Eversource responded for utility control, County Ambulance provided on-scene rehab, PPD assisted with traffic, Red Cross and Salvation Army assisted the tenants with living arrangments.
Lenox and Dalton FD assisted numerous off duty PFD members covering the city throughout the incident and the fire was ultimately brought under control at approx. 5:00 am.