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Pittsfield Fire Department Contains Weekend Blazes
02:40AM / Monday, March 30, 2020

Pittsfield firefighters douse a blaze on Plunkett Street on Sunday. PITTISFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters were able to save two structures from significant damage over the weekend.   The first occurred on Saturday morning in a two-unit apartment building at 126 Union St. that the Fire Department said was caused by "careless disposal of smoking materials."   Three engines and the ladder truck responded at 9:17 a.m. to reports of smoke detectors going off in one of the apartments in the two-story, wood-frame building.   "Upon arrival we found smoke showing from a first-floor window," Deputy Chief Daniel Garner

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Shooting That Injured Man
09:48PM / Saturday, March 28, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information about a shooting on Friday night that injured a city man.    Police were alerted by ShotSpotter that "numerous rounds" were being fired in the 300 Block on Fenn Street at about 10:40 p.m. The alert was followed by multiple 911 calls from citizens.   Officers responded to the area and discovered numerous shell casings. In addition to the shell casings, officers discovered that a parked vehicle and a nearby residence were struck by bullets.   As officers continued their on-scene investigation, Berkshire Medical Center notified dispatch that a gunshot victim was in the

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Kitchen Fire Forces 18 to Evacuate North Adams Building
04:50AM / Wednesday, March 18, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An early morning fire forced the evacuation of about 18 people from a boarding house on Union Street.    The fire started in a back common kitchen on the top floor about 2 a.m. and spread up through a vent. It took almost two hours to ensure it was it completely out.   Fire Chief Stephen Meranti said the department was familiar with the building and has responded to burnt food in the past.    "This time it extend up into the exhaust fan got up into the area above the ceiling, it followed the ductwork," he said. "It was burning on top of the stove — that set the sprinklers off — but it

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Dalton Woman Charged With Hit-and-Run in Great Barrington
04:20PM / Tuesday, March 17, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Dalton woman was charged with motor vehicle offenses after striking a person walking on the side of the road on Vandeusenville Road on Tuesday morning and leaving the scene, according to Great Barrington Police.   Police received a report at 10:45 a.m.  that a woman on the side of the road by Bridget's Cemetery that had been struck by a car. Officers Jonathan Finnerty and Samuel Stolzar responded.    They found a 64-year-old woman from Christian Hill Road badly injured. She was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield by Southern Berkshire Ambulance. Great Barrington Fire Department assisted at the

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North Adams First Responders Extricate Injured Girl From Ravine
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05:48PM / Wednesday, March 04, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — First responders rescued a teenager who fell and apparently broke her ankle or leg in the ravine behind Brayton Hill Apartments.    The initial call came in shortly after 4 p.m. on Wednesday of a girl who had fallen on the slope behind the apartment complex and could not be reached. The police, firefighters and ambulance personnel responded to the scene and shift Delta was called in to cover the fire station while two trucks were out.    Fire Lt. Michael Sherman said there were muddy and wet conditions on the banking down toward the river. Because of the conditions, the first-responders used a litter basket and line to reach

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