Home About Archives RSS Feed

Pittsfield Firefighters Snuff Duplex Blaze

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
image description
The owner was home at the time of the fire.

Firefighters quickly snuffed out the fire in the outside of the building.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters snuffed out a two-alarm fire on Thursday afternoon as temperature hovered in the low teens.

The blaze began at about 3:15 p.m. in the basement of 38-40 McArthur St., off Onota Street, when the owner of the duplex attempted to fix water pipes using a blowtorch, according to Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski.

The wall caught fire and traveled up to the back of the exterior of the building on the 38 side.

"On arrival, our crews found heavy fire and smoke at the back of the building," said Czerwinski. "It really stayed on the outside and not on the inside. ... The fire really progressed on the outside to to the eaves."  

The owner, who lives on the 40 side, and a woman, who lives on the 38 side, both fled the blaze. Czerwinski said he was not sure how many people lived in the duplex but only those two were home.

Czerwinski added that the smoke damage would likely displace one of the families for a time, while the owner's side did not suffer damage. Two pets were also unharmed in the blaze.

No one was injured although a firefighter who took a took a tumble on the icy surface refused treatment.

"The guys make quick work of it," said Czerwinski.

All the equipment and about 18 firefighters responded, in part because of the frigid temperatures. Mayor Daniel Bianchi was also at the scene.

News Headlines
Williamstown ZBA Makes Hard Choices at Marathon Meeting
CYC Basketball Program Continues With YMCA Administration
New Mural Unveiled on Adams Wastewater Treatment Plant
Mount Greylock School Maintains Level 1 Ranking
Adams Harvest Fest This Weekend
Williams Physics Professor Wins Undergraduate Research Prize
Southwestern Vermont Health Care's Harvest Ball Raises Record Donations
MCLA Alumni Association Announces 2016 Awards
Community Build Starts On New Playground at Durant Park
New Berkshire Theatre Awards Program Names Winners

Police Logs

Pittsfield Police

North Adams

Crimewatch Links

North Adams CrimeWatch

Stamford/Clarksburg CrimeWatch

Pittsfield CrimeWatch

Emergency: 911
Adams 413-743-1212
Clarksburg 413-663-7795
Cheshire 413-743-1501
Dalton 413-684-0300
Great Barrington 413-528-0306
Lanesborough 413-443-4107
Lee 413-243-2100
Lenox 413-637-2346
North Adams 413-664-4944
Pittsfield 413-448-9700
Richmond 413-698-3315
Stockbridge 413-298-4179
Williamstown 413-458-5733
West Stockbridge 413-232-7938
State Police  
Cheshire Barracks
Lee Barracks 413-243-0600
Shaftsbury, Vt., Barracks 802-442-3263


Adams (53)
Alford (0)
Becket (6)
Cheshire (14)
Clarksburg (31)
Dalton (5)
Egremont (0)
Florida (5)
Great Barrington (17)
Hancock (5)
Hinsdale (3)
Lanesborough (22)
Lee (12)
Lenox (11)
Monterey (0)
Mount Washington (0)
New Ashford (5)
New Marlborough (1)
North Adams (180)
Otis (2)
Peru (2)
Pittsfield (193)
Pownal (12)
Readsboro (13)
Richmond (8)
Sandisfield (2)
Savoy (5)
Sheffield (2)
Stamford (29)
State (1)
Stockbridge (5)
Tyringham (1)
Washington (1)
West Stockbridge (1)
Williamstown (65)
Windsor (3)
October 2016 (10)
September 2016 (15)
August 2016 (20)
July 2016 (13)
June 2016 (12)
May 2016 (14)
April 2016 (15)
March 2016 (1)
Arrest Crime Watch Break-ins Drug Charges Armed Robbery Stabbing Pedestrians Motor Vehicle Accident Crash Motor Vehicle Missing Persons Buglaries Drugs Heroin Murder Vehicle Injuries Fraud Police Search Mvi Fire Robbery Shooting Accident Assault Homicide Assaults Rape Fatal Cocaine Police Investigation Larceny Structure Fire Veremko
Popular Entries:
Great Barrington Crashes Leave Two Dead
North Adams Woman Killed in Route 2 Crash
North Adams Man Crashes SUV Into Home
Man Killed by Bull in Clarksburg
North Adams Man Arraigned on Child Porn Charges
Kincaid Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Rape
Cariddi Auto Sales Burns
Fatal Accident Closes Route 8 in Adams
Donations Reach State Road Fire Victims
New Ashford Crash Turns Fatal for Williamstown Man
Recent Entries:
Pittsfield Police on Hunt for Mysterious 'G' Vandal
State Police Bomb Squad Deactivate Pressurized Bottles in Adams
Williamstown Woman Charged in Hit-And-Run Accident
Clarksburg, North Adams Team Up to Save House
Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 30 - Oct. 6
Dalton Man Killed in Cheshire Crash
One Man Injured In Pittsfield Structure Fire
Small portion of Fred Mason Road Closed After Minor Car Accident
Nationwide Creepy Clown Hoax Comes To The Berkshires
Witnesses Sought in Williamstown Hit-and-Run