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Pittsfield Fire Department Contains Weekend Blazes


Pittsfield firefighters douse a blaze on Plunkett Street on Sunday.
PITTISFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters were able to save two structures from significant damage over the weekend.
 
The first occurred on Saturday morning in a two-unit apartment building at 126 Union St. that the Fire Department said was caused by "careless disposal of smoking materials."
 
Three engines and the ladder truck responded at 9:17 a.m. to reports of smoke detectors going off in one of the apartments in the two-story, wood-frame building.
 
"Upon arrival we found smoke showing from a first-floor window," Deputy Chief Daniel Garner reported. Engine 5 secured the water supply while Engine 2 searched the building. 
 
The fire was contained to a first-floor bedroom. No one was injured but damage was estimated at $5,000. The occupants of the apartment were provided with temporary accommodations by the Red Cross but residents in the other apartment were allowed to return to their home. 
 
The second fire occurred Sunday evening at 6:33 p.m. at 42 Plunkett St. The fire was in the rear of the three-story building. 
 
"Upon arrival we found fire on the rear third-floor deck and extending up along siding and under the deck roof," said Deputy Chief Neil Myers.
 
The top apartment suffered fire and water damage in the rear and minor smoke damage throughout. Myers estimated damage at $5,000. 
 
All the occupants were able to get out of the building and no one was injured, including a cat and dog that were in the apartment's front bedroom. 
 
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but all the occupants were able to return to their homes. 
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