PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One firefighter was taken to the hospital during a blaze at the city's highway department building Monday morning.
According to Deputy Chief Bruce Kilmer, the fire began on the upper floors around 9 a.m.
While attempting to knock down the flames, one firefighter sustained a burn on his neck. He was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for Treatment. No other injuries were reported.
As of 11 a.m., the fire was still burning but was mostly contained.
"The major body of the fire is down. We're just working hard to get in there at this time," Kilmer said of the fire that was smoldering in the attic.
"It's just a hard fire to get at," he said.
The West Housatonic Street building poses safety concerns because of its structural deficiencies. Kilmer said he is worried about the roof in some areas.
"They were concerned about the structural integrity of this brace wall," Kilmer said pointing one of the building's rear corners. "They're being careful."
The double alarm fire led the department to call in 19 off-duty reserves and Lenox and Dalton companies responded with mutual aid, Kilmer said. West Housatonic Street was closed during the fire.
"We backfilled myself and 18 other men to operate the reserve apparatus," Kilmer said. "We have two engine companies, a reserve ladder company and a reserve engine company. Lenox ladder company is in on mutual aid and Dalton engine company is in on mutual aid to cover the rest of the city."
The top floors of the building were used for storage including the city's Christmas decorations and some 600 plastic recycling bins, according to Mayor Daniel Bianchi, who was on the scene most of Monday morning. The bins "burn like tires," he said.
"It had structural issues for years and I think the last chapter has been written," Bianchi said of the building he believes was built in the 1890s.
Kilmer said he does not know what caused the fire but he does not suspect foul play. A fire investigator was also on scene.
Pittsfield Woman Injured in Snowmobile Crash
Staff Reports On: 12:50PM / Monday January 07, 2013
WOODFORD, Vt. — A Pittsfield, Mass., woman was taken to Southern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington after her snowmobile struck a tree on Thursday evening, Jan. 3.
According to state police, Chelsea Hawksley, 27, was traveling west on a Vermont Association Of Snow Travelers (VAST) trail in Woodford when she lost control of her 2012 Ski-doo 600, left the trail and struck a tree.
The crash was reported at about 7 p.m. Hawksley, who had been wearing a helmet, was transported to the hospital by Bennington Rescue with unknown injuries. She was reportedly still at SVMC on Monday. The snowmobile was totaled.
Patrick Names Former Pittsfield Solicitor For Judgeship
Staff Reports On: 10:45AM / Friday January 04, 2013
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former City Solicitor Michael McCarthy was nominated by the governor Friday as an associate justice of Southern Berkshire District Court.
McCarthy is an associate with the city firm of George, DeGregorio, Massimiano & McCarthy since 1989. Prior to that, he was the city's solicitor for two years, assistant district attorney for five years and an assistant district attorney in Portland, Maine, for one year. He is a graduate of Assumption College and the University of Maine Law School.
McCarthy will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James B. McElroy. He was previously nominated for the post in August 2012.
Secretary of Public Safety Mary Heffernan was also nominated as Circuit Justice.
"I also am pleased to re-nominate Michael J. McCarthy to serve on the bench in Berkshire County. I thank both of these nominees for their commitment to the fair administration of justice and their willingness to serve the Commonwealth in these challenging new roles," Gov. Deval Patrick said in a prepared statement Friday.
Additionally, the governor resubmitted four pending judicial nominations to the Governor's Council in Geraldine S. Hines as an associate justice of the Appeals Court; and Angel Kelly Brown, Brian A. Davis and Robert B. Gordon as associate justices of the Superior Court. The nominees are being resubmitted because the Governor Council’s term ended before they were considered.
Pittsfield Woman Dies After Being Struck By Jeep
Staff Reports On: 12:18PM / Thursday December 06, 2012
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police said a 67-year-old woman died after being hit at the intersection of First and Federal streets Wednesday evening.
According to the statement from police, Adella Demary, of Pittsfield, was stuck by a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 17-year-old Matthew Ott, also of Pittsfield, Wednesday at 6:27 p.m.
The Fire Department and Action Ambulance assisted Demary at the scene and transported her to Berkshire Medical Center. First Street was closed while responders worked on the scene.
Police Sgt. Michael Maddalena said late Thursday morning that Demary died overnight. The accident is under investigation by the Traffic Unit. No charges had been filed by the time this report was published.
Pittsfield Police Probing Death Of Man Found Outside Apartment
Staff Reports On: 02:40PM / Friday November 16, 2012
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are trying to find out what happened to a 49-year-old city man found dead outside of his West Housatonic Street apartment.
According to the district attorney's office, David Oliveras was found dead shortly before midnight on Thursday night outside of his apartment building.
Emergency personnel responded and pronounced Oliveras dead on the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston.
"While the circumstances suggest that foul play was not involved, investigators are still considering all possibilities, and are actively working to determine exactly what happened to Mr. Oliveras," District Attorney David Capeless said in a prepared statement.
The investigation is being conducted by city police with assistance from the State Police's Crime Scene Services Section.