Adams Firefighters Extinguish a Columbia Street Fire

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Fire Department snuffed out a stove fire on Saturday morning that damaged Housing Authority units on 4 Columbia St.   
 
Firefighters responded for a reported fire alarm activation. On arrival, Chief John Pansecchi was advised there was a fire on the stove.  
 
The first arriving assistant chiefs stretched a 1 3/4 line into the apartment and extinguished the blaze.
 
The fire had extended up the wall into the vent fan over the stove and to the cabinets, where it started to burn. The vent fan and a cabinet were removed and the wall behind the stove was opened up to check for extension.
 
There were no injuries but there was fire, water, and smoke damage in the apartment. The occupant will be staying with family.
 
Two other apartments had minor smoke damage. These occupants will be able to stay in their units.  
 
In addition to firefighters, police, Adams Ambulance and the code compliance officer responded to the scene. The building inspector was also notified.

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Adams Board of Health to Rewrite COVID-19 Directive

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Health will rewrite its COVID-19 Public Health Directive to establish more clarity in the advisory document.
 
The board said it will reconsider some of the wording and content, and Chairman David Rhoads agreed to pass the advisory document off to member Peter Hoyt.
 
"I guess what we are reiterating is what we have been saying for the past 15 months: wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance, and by the way there is a vaccine out there," Hoyt said. "... I think what we are trying to do is just reiterate that we don't want things to spiral out of control again."
 
On Sept. 9, the Board of Health held an emergency meeting to discuss the directive that asks the town to re-up its efforts to combat COVID-19 with more stringent mask and sanitation policies.
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