Adams Structure Fire Contained; Pets Rescued
Adams firefighters were on the scene of a structure fire early Sunday morning on Water Street.
ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters swiftly contained a house fire early Sunday morning, saving more than a dozen pets.
The Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire at 2:30 a.m. at 27 Water St.
Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the back of the two-story house, and some witnesses said flames were visible.
"The first arriving units were on the scene within three minutes, and the external fire was knocked down within five to seven minutes," Fire Chief Paul Goyette said. "Then the fire got into the voids of the structure so we had to do a lot of opening up."
Goyette said they were able to get everyone out of the house safely and rescue most of the pets in the house.
"Everybody got out OK," he said. "We also rescued 10 iguanas and one cat; two iguanas didn't make it."
Home owner Laura Borowski posted later that two bearded dragons had died. "We saved 2 iguanas and 10 bearded dragons and my cat," she wrote.
Goyette said the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office.
Adams received mutual aid from the North Adams and the Cheshire fire departments. The Clarksburg Fire Department covered the Adams station; North Adams Ambulance sent its rehab trailer and Adams Ambulance had two ambulances on scene..
Goyette said even though the damage is extensive, he thinks the house will be saved.
"The damage is quite extensive. At this time, the town building inspector looked at it, and [the insurance company] and him will determine if the structure has to come down or not," Goyette said. "I do not at this time believe it will, but there a lot of cogs that work in that decision."
Pittsfield Police Log: Aug. 12 - Aug. 14
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Here are copies of the police log from Aug. 12 until Aug. 14.
Pittsfield Police Log 8-12-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 8-13-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 8-14-14
Williamstown Accident Snarls Traffic; Sends One to Hospital
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A two-car accident briefly snarled traffic on Main Street (Route 2) on Monday afternoon, and one driver was taken to the emergency room.
According to Williamstown Police, a red Volkswagen convertible driven by Norma Rosenblatt of Bondville, Vt., struck a black Suzuki driven by Clarksburg's Nancy Hunt as both were driving east in front of Cumberland Farms.
Hunt was attempting to make a left turn into the gas station, when her vehicle was struck by Rosenblatt's at 3:18 p.m.
Rosenblatt's vehicle flipped over, and she was transported to Berkshire Medical Center's North Adams campus. Rosenblatt walked away from the accident.
Both vehicles were removed from the scene by nearby Ron's Auto Repair of Main Street.
Pittsfield Police Log: Aug. 9 and Aug. 11
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Here are copies of the police log on Aug. 9 and Aug. 11.
Pittsfield Police Log 8-09-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 8-11-2014
Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 6 and Aug. 7
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, August 6.
Kirk Palmer, 49, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
He was ordered to serve six months at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on November 21, 2013.
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, August 6.
Kelly Simonetta, 35, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of reckless endangerment of a child, possession of heroin and possession of lidocaine.
She was released on personal recognizance. Simonette is accused of allowing her 13-month old child to have access to prescription medication, which the child ingested.
Andrew Saunders, 41, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of trafficking in oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
He was ordered to serve concurrent four to four and a half years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Richmond on June 2, 2013.
Rayquan Watford, 22, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and resisting arrest.
He was ordered to serve two and a half to three years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
Watford was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on other charge.
The charges stem from an incident on North Street on December 8, 2013. A single count of disorderly conduct was dismissed by the state.
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, August 7.
Stansbury Johnson, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on a single count of distribution of cocaine - his second offense.
He was released on $200 bail. Johnson is accused of selling cocaine in Pittsfield on June 17, 2014.
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