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Pittsfield Driver Injured in Elm Street Accident

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was injured Tuesday when the truck he was operating collided with a house on Elm Street. 
 
Police say Alexander Colvin, 26, was westbound in the 240 block of Elm when he suffered a medical emergency at about 2 p.m. His 2007 Ford pickup left the road and to the right and collided with the front porch of 233 Elm St., causing extensive damage to both the home and vehicle.
 
Colvin was transported to Berkshire Medical Center with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries. 
 
There were no other persons involved. Elm between Holmes Road and Ontario Street was closed to traffic for approximately two hours for the investigation and clean up.
 
Anyone with additional information about this crash is asked to contact Officer Gallagher of the Traffic Unit at 413-448-9700, Ext. 549.
     

Pittsfield Fire Responds to Kitchen Blaze

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A fire caused $2,000 in damage to a kitchen in a Benedict Road home on Thursday. 
 
Firefighters responded to the call at 126 Benedict shortly after noon and found smoke showing from the rear of the single-family, wood-frame structure. The homeowner had extinguished the majority of the fire before firefightered arrived. 
 
The E-5 crew ensured the fire was completely extinguished; Tower 1 ventilated the home while E-3 firefighters retrieved a dog from the smoke-filled home. 
 
According to the report by Deputy Chief Daniel Garner, the kitchen sustained fire and smoke damage -- particularly to the cabinets and appliances -- and the rest of the first floor incurred minor smoke damage. 
 
The occupants were evaluated for smoke inhalation by Action Ambulance personnel but were not taken to the hospital. No one was injured and the cause was accidental. 
     

Pittsfield Police Seek Information on Sunday Night Shootings

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on two shootings that took place shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday. 
 
Both incidents caused ShotSpotter activations.
 
The first occurred in the parking lot of the Berkshire Peak apartment complex at 341 West St. and the second occurred minutes later near the intersection of Columbus Avenue and South John Street.
 
Police say shell casings were discovered at both locations and early indications are that the incidents are related. At this time it is believed that at least two individuals were shooting at one another at each location. No injuries have been reported.
 
Anyone who wishes to provide information regarding this case is asked to contact the detective bureau at 413-448-9705 or Detective Bertelli-Hunt at 413-448-9700, Ext. 532. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-
448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).
     

Pittsfield Woman Dies After Structure Fire

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city woman died Monday night at Berkshire Medical Center after a fire in her home, according to a statement from the district attorney's office.
 
Pittsfield Fire Department responded to the structure fire on Chickering Street shortly after 10 p.m. Firefighters located Frances Lysonski, 74, on the second floor after what they described as an extensive search. Emergency medical services transported her to BMC, where she later died at approximately 11:20 p.m.
 
A city firefighter sustained non-life-threatening injuries after falling from a ladder while trying to locate the woman. EMS transported him to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
 
The fire began on the first floor and extended to the second. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in approximately 45 minutes.
 
"All crews worked diligently, in high heat conditions, to bring the fire under control in approximately 45 minutes," wrote Deputy Chief Ron Clement. "The first and second floor of the home sustained smoke, fire and water damage."
 
The Pittsfield Fire Department, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the Pittsfield Police Department's investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. The focus of the investigation is on an accidental cause.
     

Silver Lake Fatality Identified as Pittsfield Man

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity of the deceased man emergency personnel recovered from Silver Lake as Stephen Dus, 55, of Pittsfield.
 
The Pittsfield Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call 413-448-9700.
 
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Original post 9:04 a.m., June 23, 2020: PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The body of a swimmer was recovered late Monday night from Silver Lake after a nearly six-hour search that involved numerous local and state agencies.
 
Police and firefighters initially responded to Silver Lake for a water rescue at about 2:45 p.m. Two young fishermen who had been fishing off an area near where Silver Lake Boulevard meets Fourth Street had heard a swimmer in distress. The swimmer was described as an older man in his 50s or 60s.
 
The swimmer had just gone past the youths when he disappeared around the corner from their fishing spot. They then heard the swimmer yelling for help, they told first responders. They ran around the immediate area but couldn't find the swimmer and called 911.
 
The initial response consisted of Engine 3 (with Rescue 2 and Marine 1), Engine 6, Engine 5, Truck 2, and Car 2. Pittsfield Fire immediately put three rescue swimmers and watercraft Marine 1 (consisting of three more rescuers) in the water at the vicinity where the boys heard the calls for help. 
 
The incident was expanded with the following agencies responding and assisting throughout the duration:
  • Pittsfield Police Department
  • Action Ambulance
  • Berkshire County sheriff’s department and its dive team
  • Stockbridge Fire Department
  • Lanesborough Fire Department
  • Hinsdale Fire Department
  • State Department of Fire Services
  • State Environmental Police
  • State Police Dive Team
The Pittsfield Fire Department thanked all these agencies for their response and assistance throughout this incident as well as Berkshire Eagle photographer Ben Garver and off-duty firefighter Gabe Prendergast for use of their drones in aiding the search efforts.
 
Ultimately the search and rescue mission shifted to a recovery operation. The swimmer was discovered
deceased and removed from the water around 9. The incident was turned over to Pittsfield Police Department. 
     
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