Good Timing, Fast Work Save Home in Pittsfield from Fire 

Catherine Pegram

Good timing and fast action by firefighters saved a home in Pittsfield. The owner of a house on Higgins Road called for help after he came home and saw smoke coming from the basement and the main floor.Crews from Pittsfield and Newport responded to the call. When they arrived, they found a lot of smoke, too. They quickly put out a fire in the basement. Pittsfield Fire Chief Bernard Williams says even though crews stopped the flames from spreading, the fire still left behind some damage.”It’s got a lot of heat damage. There was a huge amount of heat built up in there. We’re fortunate it didn’t get into the structure more than it did. Had the occupant opened the door downstairs, he might have created more havoc than he did.”The stairwell to the basement was also damaged and most of the house had to be aired out to get rid of the smoke. No word on what started the fire, but the fire chief says it does not appear suspicious.