Over the weekend, Berkshire Counties got a taste of the spring weather when the season officially began. After a long winter, the neighborhoods came back to life. Dogs were run, bicycles were ridden, and barbecues were lit. However, the spring weather wasn’t just good news for a Pittsfield family who had close contact with a barbecue fire, prompting city firefighters to remind residents to be sure to barbecue.
The Pittsfield Fire Department responded at 3:36 p.m. on 14 Windsor Avenue last Sunday, March 21, due to a reported structural fire, according to deputy chief Dan Garner. Upon arrival, the firefighters found a fire on the side of the house that extended to the inner loft above. Members of the PFD also found the homeowner on site who tried to extinguish him with a garden hose. Engine 2 crew stretched a 1-3 / 4-inch handline and put out any visible fire. E-5 was on the water supply. E-3 with Tower-1 checked for fire extension.
All companies stayed on site for an hour as the remaining smoldering fire had spread to wall and ceiling spaces near the area of origin. The fire was brought under control and the residence returned to the owner.
No injuries were associated with this fire. The cause was accidental because it was cooking too close to the structure. The damage was estimated to be less than $ 2,000.
The fire acts as a safety reminder for everyone as the barbecue season begins. Pittsfield Fire made the following reminders for those who have barbecues this year:
1. Always grill outdoors.
2. The grills must be 10 feet from the side of a building unless manufacturer instructions say they can be closer. Make sure the grills are not under overhanging branches.
3. Grills must not be used on a porch, balcony, or terrace with a roof, overhang, or wall (other than the outside of the building).
4. Grills can only be used on open porches, patios, or decks on the first floor if there are external stairs to the floor or the porch is on the ground floor.
5. Grills cannot be used for fire escapes.
6. Keep the grills away from the house and deck railings.
7. Keep all matches, lighters, and lighter fluid out of the reach of children.
8. Keep children and pets three feet away from the grill. Children should never play near barbecues or propane bottles.
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