PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) – On September 8, around 11:27 p.m., the Pittsfield Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 2-4 White Terrace in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The fire caused severe damage to the building and a few injuries to fire fighters.
There was heat and smoke damage throughout the first and fourth floors and smoke damage throughout the second and third floors. The value of loss is unknown. Multiple fire crews across Berkshire County assisted.
When the Pittsfield Fire Department arrived at the scene Wednesday night, they found heavy smoke and fire coming out of windows on the 4th floor. They then called in for additional fire units and began to fight the fire. Some fire officials were still on scene Thursday afternoon. An extensive firefight ensued for several hours until the fire was eventually controlled. “We just got done checking for hotspots again, but probably around 5 or 6 this morning [the fire] was under control,” says Pittsfield Fire Captain Matt Packard.
The property owners tell NEWS10 these buildings have been vacant for a few years. Many people in the area know these buildings as the White Terrace Apartments, it’s a complex the Pittsfield Fire Department is very familiar with. “There was a fire in the middle building about four years ago — tomorrow is the anniversary of that,” says Captain Packard. That fire was caused by a mattress catching fire from a battery left being charged on a bed.
Two firefighters went to Berkshire Medical Center because of smoke inhalation and they were treated and released. One firefighter went for a laceration to hand from falling glass and another for an elbow injury during ventilation. “Every time we have fires in these buildings, they’ve been big events and crews have been faced with heavy fire conditions — they really take a beating and the guys worked very, very hard last night,” says Captain Packard.
Crews are still in the very early stages of the investigation. City engineers will inspect the building to see if it’s structurally sound. “Who knows what’s going to happen. It has been with the city for a very long time, it also had a lot of damage over the years, so we’ll have to see what the fates will be once they get in a really look around — there’s a lot of repair that needs to be done,” says Captain Packard.
North Street was closed from Linden Street to Wahconah Street during the fire.
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