Adams Firefighters Extinguish Summer Street Stove Fire

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters on Monday night were able to quickly douse a stove fire in a Summer Street apartment, preventing the blaze from spreading through the building.
 
"There was a fire in the kitchen caused by storage on top of the stove," Fire Chief John Pansecchi said on Tuesday. "It is possible that the stove got turned on accidentally."
 
The call came in around 9:30 p.m. Pansecchi said the early response was important because the multifamily apartment building is located in a dense neighborhood.
 
"In a building like that probably in  5-10 minutes, it will spread into the structure. This is an old structure so it is good we could respond quickly," he said. "Buildings in this area are very close together." 
 
He said the occupant was outside of the building when the Fire Department arrived
 
Pansecchi said extra manpower was called in because of the potential spread, however, upon arrival, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quite quickly. 
 
"The occupant put a little water on it and knocked it down," he said. "We were able to go in there with the water cannon and knock it out."
 
Pansecchi warned of the dangers of leaving anything on the stovetop.
 
"I really want to get out, do not store stuff on top of your stove," he said. "It is dangerous, and we see it a lot.
 
He added that it is also important to maintain fire alarms.

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Adams Altering Two Precincts to Reflect Changes in Population

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen last week voted to alter Precincts 2 and 3 to better match population. This won't change the number of town meeting members but it will change the voting precinct for one.
 
Town Clerk Haley Meczywor presented new Census data to the board Wednesday and said with a decrease of 299 residents over a 10-year period, the state has recommended that the town change the borders of the two precincts.
 
"In order to make our precincts as equal as possible, the state is recommended that we make a minor change from Precinct 3 to Precinct 2," she said.
 
The last Census was done in 2010. Then, the population count was 8,485. In 2020, the count was 8,166 — a 299 decrease. 
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