LENOX, Mass. (WWLP) - 48 people were relocated, and one person was taken to the hospital after a fire in an senior housing building in the center of Lenox Thursday night.
Lenox Police Officer William Fuore told 22News, "The fire was confined to one or two rooms. They're relocating all the residents because of the smoke and the alarms."
According to Lenox Fire Chief Dan Clifford, "The fire gutted Apartment 209 at 7:15PM Thursday with heavy fire damage." There was heavy smoke damage throughout the rest of the building which is why they're not letting people back in.
One unidentified woman was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. She had no pulse and was not breathing when firefighters found her. With CPR they had revived her by the time they got to the hospital, said Chief Clifford. Her condition is still unknown
They do not know the cause of the fire. The State Fire Marshal and the Berkshire County District Attorney are investigating.
The Fire Station is directly across from the, " Curtis Housing." The Curtis building is a hotel converted into an elderly housing at 6 Main Street. Businesses are on the first floor. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors are residential for seniors. This is building is not for assisted living, it's age-restricted.
According to American Red Cross Berkshire County Chapter , a team has been sent to assist the occupants of as many as 50 units in the affected building. A service center has been set up at the Lenox Town Hall at 6 Walker Street.
Currently nearly 30 residents are at the Town Hall meeting with Red Cross responders. Others have already found alternate shelter for the evening. The Red Cross is providing the displaced with coffee, drinks, snacks and comfort kits containing toiletries and other essential items.