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Fourth of July Fire Chars Morningside Multifamily Home
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:04PM / Tuesday, July 05, 2022
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A structure fire on Orchard Street in Pittsfield forced three families to evacuate.

Heavy flames can be seen coming from the front of the building in this video screenshot provided by the Fire Department. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A two-alarm structure fire on the Fourth of July charred the front portion of a Morningside multifamily but caused no injuries.

The blaze at 91-93 Orchard St. was reported at about 10 p.m. on Monday. Firefighters found heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the building.

The home is a 2 1/2-story wood frame structure with three units that dates to 1900.

The Fire Department was told there might be children trapped in the building, and a second alarm was called to bring all on-duty fire personnel to the scene.   

Five engines, one ladder, and one command fire apparatus responded. The first responders battled the fire, conducted searches, secured water supplies, and checked for fire extension.  

No occupants were found in the search and the fire was brought under control in 90 minutes. There were no fire personnel or civilian injuries reported.

The cause is undetermined at this time.

The building sustained fire, smoke, and water damage that is reported to be primarily contained to one apartment. A report from the Fire Department said the other two apartments have heavy smoke damage but that the building is salvageable.

From the road, the front bottom portion of the building appears charred on the interior and exterior.  The siding on the top of the building is also melted.

Occupants are being assisted with temporary accommodations from the Red Cross.

The property is listed as being owned by Flex Investments LLC of Marlborough.

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