Elderly couple killed in Pittsfield house fire


PITTSFIELD, Mass (WWLP/NEWS10) – An elderly couple died in an early morning fire in Pittsfield Thursday.

Berkshire District Attorney’s Office spokesman Fred Lantz told 22News firefighters found the couple inside their burning home on Bryan Street just before 4:00 a.m.

Lantz said a third person who lived at the home made it outside. She was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment, but has since been released.

A resident of the home at 71 Bryan Street, near Reid Middle School, called in the fire. Pittsfield Fire Department Deputy Chief Thomas Sammons said that by the time fire crews arrived, heavy flames had already broken out on the home’s first and second floors.

Fire crews were able to rescue a cat from the home, though one other pet was killed.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment after they “strained something” while fighting the fire, Deputy Chief Sammons said. 

The names of the victims are not being released at this time.

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