PFD Helps Tenants Escape Early Morning Fire
The Pittsfield Fire Department responded to an early morning fire at a home on Appleton Ave today.
Firefighters responded to 35 Appleton Ave for a reported Structure Fire just after 5 am. Three engines and one ladder truck were dispatched. Upon arrival, firefighters found the blaze at the rear of the house. 35 Appleton is a 2-1/2 story wood-framed building with four apartment living units.
According to a press release from Deputy Chief Dan Garner, a fire crew quickly extinguished the fire. The department's quick efforts enabled the residents of the apartment to safely evacuate. The three residents were initially trapped due to fire spread by their only means of egress. A second crew assisted with water supply and conducted searches of the building, evacuating all occupants, while another crew assisted with fire extinguishment and overhaul.
Deputy Chief Garner said via the press release that there was damage to the back of the building, it's siding, and facade. There was also damage to the home’s porch and door. The total damage was estimated at approximately $5,000.
There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and it is currently being investigated by the Pittsfield Fire Department, with assistance from the Pittsfield Police Department, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.