Pittsfield woman dies in Monday night fire

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10/WWLP) — Two people were taken to the hospital following a fire at a single-family home Monday night in Pittsfield. One, a woman from Pittsfield, died Monday night at Berkshire Medical Center.

The structure fire broke out at the Pittsfield residence Frances Lysonski, 74. Pittsfield Fire Deputy Chief Ron Clemont said they located Lysonski on the second floor after an extensive search. EMS on the scene took her to Berkshire Medical where she passed away from her injuries around 11:20 p.m.

Pittsfield Fire Deputy Chief Ron Clemont said the fire started around 10:15 p.m. at a home on 73 Chickering Street. When crews arrived in the area, they saw heavy smoke and fire from a downstairs window leading up to the second floor.

A firefighter was also taken to the hospital after falling off a ladder while searching for the missing Lysonski. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and has been released.

The fire took at least 45 minutes to distinguish. As a result of the incident, the first and second floor of the home sustained smoke, fire, and water damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Pittsfield Fire and Police Departments and state police. According to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the focus of the investigation is on an accidental cause.

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