Firefighters battle flames pouring out of a apartment building at the corner of North and White Terrace on Wednesday night.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Fire Department's investigative unit is looking into the cause of a severe structure fire late Wednesday evening that took multiple departments hours to control and injured four firemen.
A vacant four-story brick building at 2-4 White Terrace endured major fire, heat, and smoke damage throughout the first and fourth floors and smoke damage throughout the second and third floors.
During the battle, two firefighters were transported to Berkshire Medical Center for smoke inhalation, one with a laceration to the hand from falling glass, and the other with an elbow injury during ventilation.
The cost of the damages has not yet been determined.
At 11:27 p.m., three engines responded to a possible structure fire at 2-4 White Terrace and found heavy smoke coming out of every fourth-story window and intense fire on the front right side of the first floor.
A second alarm was immediately called and ordered to establish its own water supply on White Terrace to begin attacking the blaze on the first floor and aerial operations were set up to flames coming out of open windows.
A third alarm was then requested along with three additional relief crews to the scene and the operations were deemed defensive because the building was not occupied. Hinsdale, Lenox, and Dalton engines came to support the effort.
Engine 5 established a water supply for T1 and set up ground monitors while Engines 2 and 3 assisted with fire attack on the front right corner and set up an additional monitor on the left side of the building.
Engine 1 assisted and eventually set up a water supply for two ground monitors on the front left corner. Engine 6 established a water supply on Orchard Street to feed two ground monitors on the backside.
Lenox's mutual aid truck was brought to direct the scene and also established a water supply on Orchard Street to open windows and attack the fourth-floor fire with an aerial hose.
For several hours, the crews worked to extinguish the blaze. iBerkshires.com was on the scene until around 1 am and the firefighters were still battling the flames.
Smoke could be seen and smelled from several blocks away and North Street was blocked off from Linden Street to Orchard Street.
Around 5:50 a.m. the city called Pittsfield residents with a pre-recorded message to warn them of the fire.
This building is one of the three that make up White Terrace Apartments. In September of 2017, an accidental fire in the middle building forced at least two dozen residents to evacuate and sent four to Berkshire Medical Center with minor injuries.
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Lenco Donates Rescue Vehicle to Berkshire Rescue Team
By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
Lenco Vice President Lenny Light, left, BMSAR President Michael Comeau and Lenco design engineer Brian Sears, a BMSAR volunteer.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lenco Armored Vehicles has donated a $20,000 utility terrain rescue vehicle to the volunteer Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue team after reading of their fundraising efforts on iBerkshires.com.
Team President Michael Comeau said the Polaris UTV will be a huge game-changer for BMSAR, as it will drastically increase the efficiency and the response time to extricate a person from wooded or mountainous terrain and get them to safety.
"All of the team is saying the same thing: 'This is going to so much increase our capabilities for getting to someone, getting equipment to scenes, getting a patient out of the woods or wherever they're in danger," he said.
"And so the membership was really excited to have this."
The four-wheel-drive vehicle features two rows of seats to fit the team members and has an insert in the back that secures a stretcher with a seat for a medic next to it. It also has a light bar for increased visibility and a hook in the front of the vehicle for towing in cases of heavy terrain.
Team President Michael Comeau said the Polaris UTV will be a huge game-changer for BMSAR, as it will drastically increase the efficiency and the response time to remove a person from wooded or mountainous terrain and get them to safety.
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