“Complicated investigation” following deaths of five people in burning Sheffield home


Investigators are still looking into what led up to the deaths of five people who were found inside a burning home in the southern Berkshire County town of Sheffield Wednesday morning.

The Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office told 22News that the sheriff’s office received a call about a house fire at a single family home on 1343 Home Road at around 7:50 Wednesday morning. Several local fire departments helped Sheffield firefighters to put out the flames.

Fire crews initially found one person dead after searching the home when the fire was extinguished. Further investigation revealed four people who were also dead.

The identities of the victims and their causes of death have not been released at this time.

At a news conference Wednesday, District Attorney Andrea Harrington described their work as a “complicated investigation” involving several local and state agencies.

Investigators worked through the night Wednesday, bringing in lighting from Pittsfield so that they could continue their work after dark.

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