The Pittsfield Fire Department responded to two fires within a 12-hour time-span Thursday night and Friday morning.

Firefighters were called to 38 Grove Street just before 8pm Thursday for a reported oven fire. Upon arrival firefighters found smoke coming from the front door of the 2.5 story, two-family home. The occupant of the first floor stated that there was a fire in the kitchen located in the rear of the apartment.

Firefighters found moderate smoke and fire under and behind a gas-fired rage, and extending to cabinets and range hood above. The fire was able to be extinguished quickly with a dry-chemical fire extinguisher, according to a media release from the department. Embers under the stove in the basement were doused with a water can. There were no injuries as a result of the fire, which was deemed to be accidental. The Red Cross was on hand to assist the occupants of the first floor that were displaced.

The second fire was called in at approximately 6:30 Friday morning. Firefighters responded to 73 McArthur Street for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival they found fire in the home’s attic and roof. The fire was attacked with waterlines while firefighters looked for occupants. The fire was contained to the attic and roof of the single-family residence, according to the media release. Two occupants of the home were temporarily displaced. There were no reported civilian injuries. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.


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