Second person dies after Great Barrington apartment fire


GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (NEWS10) — A second person has died after a fire in Great Barrington on Monday.

Susan Ramano, 67, succumbed to her injuries Tuesday night officials said.

The Great Barrington Fire Department says they were called to the Beech Tree Commons complex on Silver Street just before 8 p.m. Monday. Crews found fire venting from a rear apartment in the eight-unit building.

According to officials, a married couple was removed from the fire and taken to Fairview Hospital with serious injuries. Michael Romano, 68, passed away from his injuries Monday night.

A neighbor described a strange noise before realizing there was a fire.

“It was just a banging, like somebody banging on pipes,” she said. “And then I saw the flashing lights out my window, and so I came running out. The lady next door actually smelled the fire, or smelled the smoke, and she called the fire department.”

The apartment complex has offered hotel rooms to evacuated residents.

The investigation into the cause of the fire remains ongoing, but investigators do not believe the fire to be suspicious.

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