Elderly couple dies in Pittsfield house fire

October 12, 2018 04:49 AM

Fire investigators say a fire that killed an elderly couple early Thursday morning was electrical.

The fire broke out just before 4 a.m. on Bryan Street on the north side of the city. The fire chief says the cause of the fire was an extension cord, into a power strip, into a faulty outlet that was covered in boxes and other stuff.

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The couple had lived in the house for decades. Their adult daughter who was also living there jumped out a window and was able to escape with minor burns.

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The couple was found on the first floor of the home. The woman died at the scene. Her husband was rushed to Berkshire Medical Center where he later died.

Firefighters say their adult daughter, who was home at the time, managed to get out and run to a neighbor's house to call 911.

The house is destroyed.


WNYT Staff

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