The Pittsfield Fire Department responded with one engine and arrived at the same time as the Pittsfield Police Department. Upon arrival, they found a person who was still in the burning vehicle was on fire.
Officers from the Lee, Great Barrington, Lenox and Massachusetts State Police responded to the scene of the motor vehicle Stop. Investigators from the Stockbridge, Lee and Great Barrington Police Departments conducted immediate preliminary investigation on scene.
The small single-family home at 471 Middle Road was reported on fire at about 11 a.m. Only one person was home at the time and was able to get out if the building safely with two dogs. A cat died in the fire.
State Police say Ralph Wilcox, 49, of Middle Pownal Road had been taken to Albany, N.Y., Medical Center with severe head trauma following the accident. An updated police report Monday morning said he had succumbed to his injuries.
Illegally owned firearms and "ghost guns" are an ongoing problem in Pittsfield and beyond. Ghost guns are privately manufactured firearms that do not possess a serial number. The weapons are partially manufactured and can be assembled at home by a person with minimal knowledge and skill.
Paula Kelsey, 77, reportedly went for a walk on Friday morning about 7:25 in the area of Richmond Hill and Windsor Road and has not returned home. It's believed she may have become disoriented and lost her way.
The North Adams Fire Department was notified of the fire shortly after 5:15 Sunday evening and responded to find the doors locked on the century-old building and an interior storage room fully engulfed in flames.