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Pittsfield Fire Department Responds To “Major Structure Fire”

A fire truck parked in front of a burnt out building
Josh Landes

Firefighters worked through the night after a vacant building in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts caught fire late Wednesday.

Alerts went out Thursday morning warning city residents to avoid the area around 592 North Street – the vacant White Terrace apartment complex – while firefighting efforts continued.

“We had a fire that came in just before midnight last night," said Pittsfield Fire Department Captain Matt Packard. "We had crews here all night. There was a lot of fire showing when we got here. And at this point the fire has been extinguished, the building’s in tough shape, but it's under investigation.”

The complex last caught fire in 2017, displacing two dozen residents.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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