Pittsfield Firefighters Put Out Congress Street Blaze

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fire officials are investigating a structure fire at 11 Congress Street that resulted in the hospitalization of an occupant.
 
On Dec. 6, at 1:41 am firefighters responded to a reported structure fire. E6, E3, E1, T2, and Car 2 all responded. Car2 was notified en route that there were possibly occupants trapped inside the 2-and-a-half-story house. Additionally, E5 responded.
 
Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy fire showing from the rear of the wood-frame home. A three-season attached porch was fully involved along with the first-story kitchen.
 
A second alarm was struck to call E2.
 
E6 crew attacked the main body of fire while E1 crew conducted the primary search. Truck 2 crew conducted a vent enter isolate search (VEIS) of a second-floor bedroom.
 
An unresponsive victim was found in the second-floor bedroom, and they were removed through an exterior window. They were transported to Berkshire Medical Center (BMC). The victim is still being treated at BMC.
 
No firefighters were injured in the fire.
 
The porch and some interior rooms took the brunt of the damage with heat and smoke damage throughout the building. 
 

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Kelly Hathaway of Pittsfield pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of animal cruelty in Central Berkshire District Court as part of a plea agreement. Following the plea agreement, she was ordered to have a mental health evaluation and follow any after care as instructed by the court.
 
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