Home About Archives RSS Feed

North Adams Firefighters Douse Basement Garage Fire

By Tammy Daniels
iBerkshires Staff
image description
A basement garage fire at 66 Harris St. forced the family to flee.
image description
image description
image description
image description
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters on Thursday responded to the third fire in a month on the north side of the city.
 
The early evening fire at 66 Harris St. forced the occupants to flee and destroyed much of the basement garage and scorched the siding above the garage door. 
 
"The guys arrived on scene and saw the fire showing from the garage door," said Fire Chief Stephen Meranti. "They were able to access it very easily and contain it to the garage. ... We have smoke damage throughout the building but it's not major."
 
The garage incurred significant damage to the materials stored inside and to the wiring. 
 
"The Sheetrock — the envelope you build for the garage — kept it in the garage area," he said. "So the building code works in separating the garage from the rest of the house."
 
The blaze extended up the south side of the single-family cape, scorching and melting the siding but not affecting the structure. 
 
Meranti said it was not yet clear what had caused the fire and that the family would not be allowed back in that night. He said they had a place to go. 
 
The incoming shift was called in to assist and the top part of Harris at the North Street intersection was closed off to traffic. The fire had been contained and firefighters were sifting through scene by 7:30 p.m.
 
This was the third house fire so far this year. A major structure fire on Jan. 7 at an apartment building on Houghton Street across from North left four families homeless; on Feb. 1, an attempt to thaw pipes with a blowtorch caused a basement fire at 129 North St. late that night. The owner and his family was able to get out of the building but the Victorian is currently uninhabitable. 
 
0 Comments
     

Support Local News

We show up at hurricanes, budget meetings, high school games, accidents, fires and community events. We show up at celebrations and tragedies and everything in between. We show up so our readers can learn about pivotal events that affect their communities and their lives.

How important is local news to you? You can support independent, unbiased journalism and help iBerkshires grow for as a little as the cost of a cup of coffee a week.

News Headlines
Adams Closes 2019 Town Meeting Warrant
BCC Students To Be Inducted Into National Honor Society
Moresi & Associates Expands, Looks to New Ventures
Pittsfield CPA Recommends Dozen Projects to Fund
Clarksburg/Stamford School Merger Committee Reviews Draft Study
Historic Lanesborough Elm Tree Receives Maintenance, Inspection
Stop & Shop Strike Ends With Tentative Agreement
New Williamstown Police Station on Target for July Opening
McCann Recognized for Female Student Participation in AP Computer Science
Money Sought For Study on Possible Pittsfield Broadband Network

Police Logs

Pittsfield Police

North Adams

Crimewatch Links

North Adams CrimeWatch

Stamford/Clarksburg CrimeWatch

Pittsfield CrimeWatch

Emergency: 911
Adams 413-743-1212
Clarksburg 413-663-7795
Cheshire 413-743-1501
Dalton 413-684-0300
Great Barrington 413-528-0306
Lanesborough 413-443-4107
Lee 413-243-2100
Lenox 413-637-2346
North Adams 413-664-4944
Pittsfield 413-448-9700
Richmond 413-698-3315
Stockbridge 413-298-4179
Williamstown 413-458-5733
West Stockbridge 413-232-7938
State Police  
Cheshire Barracks
413-743-
4700
Lee Barracks 413-243-0600
Shaftsbury, Vt., Barracks 802-442-3263

 



Categories:
Adams (74)
Alford (0)
Becket (7)
Cheshire (20)
Clarksburg (41)
Dalton (5)
Egremont (2)
Florida (7)
Great Barrington (25)
Hancock (5)
Hinsdale (4)
Lanesborough (28)
Lee (14)
Lenox (11)
Monterey (0)
Mount Washington (0)
New Ashford (5)
New Marlborough (2)
North Adams (225)
Otis (2)
Peru (2)
Pittsfield (273)
Pownal (15)
Readsboro (16)
Richmond (7)
Sandisfield (5)
Savoy (5)
Sheffield (5)
Stamford (31)
State (1)
Stockbridge (5)
Tyringham (1)
Washington (1)
West Stockbridge (1)
Williamstown (76)
Windsor (3)
Archives:
April 2019 (6)
March 2019 (17)
February 2019 (13)
January 2019 (13)
December 2018 (13)
November 2018 (13)
October 2018 (11)
September 2018 (12)
August 2018 (2)
Tags:
Fire Firearms Rape Motor Vehicle Accident Armed Robbery Burglary Accident Pedestrians Motor Vehicle Vehicle Heroin Shooting Fraud Hit & Run Crime Watch Police Drug Charges Assaults Drugs Homicide Fatal Robbery Assault Buglaries Structure Fire Police Investigation Injuries Murder Larceny Veremko Stabbing Mvi Missing Persons Search Break-ins
Popular Entries:
Great Barrington Crashes Leave Two Dead
North Adams Woman Killed in Route 2 Crash
Man Killed by Bull in Clarksburg
Clarksburg Selectman Responds
North Adams Man Crashes SUV Into Home
Clarksburg Talks Burglary
North Adams Man Arraigned On Charges Of Animal Cruelty; Pleads Not Guilty
Kincaid Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Rape
Fatal Accident Closes Route 8 in Adams
Drug Ring King Sentenced to Cedar Junction
Recent Entries:
Pittsfield Man Found Guilty Of Rape And Abuse Of A Child
Charges Pending in Pittsfield Hit and Run
Seven Arrested In Multiple Drug Raids
Pownal Man Arrested in Wastewater Facility Altercation
Two Men Charged In Murder On Edward Avenue In Pittsfield
Pittsfield Man Charged in Fatal Pedestrian Accident
Pittsfield Police Seek Info On Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident
Nine Displaced In Pittsfield Fire
Animal Cruelty Case Continued Without Finding
Connecticut Woman Injured in Readsboro Snowmobile Accident