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Firefighters doused a blaze on East Hoosac Street in Adams on Tuesday morning. North Adams, Cheshire and Savoy firefighters were called in as they are for all first-alarm fires.
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East Hoosac Street is a very narrow street.
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The call came in right before 9:30 a.m. and the blaze was contained to the basement by 10.

Adams Fire Department Investigating East Hoosac Street Blaze

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. —  Adams firefighters had a 40 East Hoosac St. fire under control Tuesday morning.
Fire Chief John Pansecchi said the call came in just before 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., the fire was confined to the basement.
"Right now the fire has been confined to the basement," he said. "There is smoke damage throughout the whole house. It is still under investigation."
There were no injuries, but the smoke damage was substantial to the small, single-family home. 
He said North Adams, Cheshire, and Savoy responded to the first alarm fire, as they always do, but thankfully there were Adams volunteers available.
"The hardest part was getting the first group of guys here. That can be hard at this time of day," he said. "Fortunately there were some guys around."   
He said it was also difficult driving the trucks up the narrow road.
As of 10:15 a.m., North Adams was no longer on scene but Pansecchi said they were a huge help along with Cheshire. He added Savoy typically covers the station during first-alarm fires.
He added that the Water Department, National Grid, and Berkshire Gas were also on scene.
During the fire, a portion of East Hoosac Street was closed.

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Miss Adams Diner Auctioned Off for $80,000

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Personnel from the Sheriff's Department prepare to auction off the diner to pay delinquent debts. 
ADAMS, Mass. — Miss Adams Diner once again has changed hands, this time to its former owner's largest creditor. 
David Atwell purchased the property at a sheriff's auction on Wednesday afternoon for $80,000 against the only other bidder, Mark Lapier.
Peter Oleskiewicz had purchased the landmark eatery in September 2020 but didn't open it for more than a year. He closed it in March this year, saying it wasn't generating enough revenue to continue. It was seized June 8 to pay off creditors related to his other business, Desperados. 
According to documents in Northern Berkshire District Court, Oleskiewicz owes Atwell a total of $168,338.05 for the now closed Mexican restaurant in North Adams and the state of Massachusetts $59,062 in sales taxes. 
Bidders had to have $10,000 in cash or bank check to participate; the winner is required to pay the balance within 45 days or the sale would go to the next highest bidder.
Atwell said he had no immediate plans for the Park Street diner but wanted to assure he would get some return. 
"I had $170,000 worth of debt on it. So I wasn't gonna let it go for ... you know," he said with a shrug after the auction. "If we had gotten a bit closer, I would have let it go but I wasn't going to take a haircut at 50 percent. It's too much money."
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