Firefighters were using ATVs and hauling water in tankers to reach the flames. Adams Forest Wardens were among the North County departments at the scene. They had arrived one staging area and were awaiting instruction. Pittsfield, Tyringham and Richmond were also there.
There had been talk of using a Massachusetts National Guard helicopter to scoop water out of Laurel Lake to help douse the flames but it was not clear when and if that was going to occur.
Sparks said he didn't know how long firefighters would be on the scene.
Adams firefighters were helped by fire departments from Cheshire and Clarksburg.
Update: 9:47 p.m., minor rewrites, April 17, 2012.
ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters battled a blaze at 3 Baskin Lane that was reported shortly before 6 p.m. Clarksburg and Cheshire fire departments also responded.
Fire Chief Paul Goyette said the fire started in the first-floor apartment but the cause was not yet determined. It was called in around 6 p.m.
"We're on more of a defensive mode, which means we're working the fire mostly from the outside," Goyette, as firefighters contained the blaze at about 7:30 p.m. "We're slowly making our way back inside so we can go back on offensive."
Goyette said the fire was showing from the eaves of the apartment house when the Fire Department arrived. Firefighters initiated a two-prong attack in the first floor and on the outside but there were concerns for firefighters' safety because the roof was buckling.
By 7 p.m., the middle section of the roof had collapsed. The windy conditions, however, turned out to be beneficial by aiding in ventilation.
He said an older gentleman was assisted from the building before firefighters arrived and taken to the hospital. His name and condition were not yet known.
The building is currently uninhabitable and all utilities have been shut off. It was not clear how many occupants are affected by the fire. The property is listed in the Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds as being owned by Mark A. Kurpiel.
No firefighters had been injured at publication time. Cheshire Fire Department responded with its rapid intervention team and Clarksburg responded with manpower. North Adams stood by at the station and North Adams Ambulance Service joined Adams Ambulance at the scene.
We were supposed to drill on Lime Street tonight but obviously that didn't happen," said Goyette. "This is what we were going to do ... we were going to do a structure fire."
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police and fire were busy Tuesday afternoon when two motor vehicle accidents occurred within minutes of each other.
The first occurred at 3:41 p.m. on Cherry Street when a gray 2008 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Jessenya J. Rodriguez of Meadow Street apparently rear-ended a green 1999 Toyota driven by Tuyet Nhi Nguyen, 20, of Parker Street. At least one person sustained injuries and the Jetta was towed by Dean's Towing.
The second fender-bender occurred at 3:50 p.m. on Union Street at the intersections of Gallup and Beaver streets. Traffic was detoured until the vehicles could be removed.
The collision occurred between a blue 2007 Hyundai Sonata owned by Brenda L. Crow of Francis Street and a 2001 green Honda Civic operated by Vanessa M. Hansen, 54, of Marlborough, Conn. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
No further information was immediately available.
A two-car crash on Route 2, top and right, delayed traffic for a short time on Tuesday afternoon. Below, a fender-bender on Cherry Street
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, April 11.
Kevin Sadlow, 44, of Plainfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of xanax with intent to distribute, possession of ambien with intent to distribute and operating under the influence of drugs.
Sadlow was released on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail. The charges stem from an incident in Adams on Feb. 11.