PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A fire at a Barker Road home early Saturday morning caused an estimated $200,000 in damage to single-family home.
According to Deputy Chief Neil Myers, the blaze 1100 Barker Road was called in at about 4:10 a.m. by the alarm company and a passerby.
Engine 1, under the direction of Lt. Jacob Brown, found heavy fire in the rear of the building and the occupants outside and unhurt. He requested a second alarm and aid from the newly developed "Tanker Taskforce" of Richmond, Lee and Sheffield, said Myers, "as we were on the far end of the hydrant system, ultimately they were not utilized."
Five engines and a ladder truck responded along with Pittsfield Police and County Ambulance; Lenox provided an engine to cover the station.
There were no injuries other than a firefighter who suffered a minor shoulder injury that did not require treatment. Red Cross offered assistance to the family at the scene.
"The fire was brought under control within an hour and crews remained on the scene for several hours overhauling and assisting with fire invstigation," Myers said in his report.
There was major fire, heat and smoke damage throughout first and second floor. The cause had not been determined and is under investigation.
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