ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters extinguished a late-morning stove fire on High Street on Sunday morning and saved two dogs.
"It went well and we were able to get it under control quickly," said Assistant Chief John Pansecchi
Adams Fire Department responded to the structure fire at 11:03 a.m. at 13 High St., where they found flames and extensive heat and smoke on the first floor. Cheshire Fire Department also responded.
Pansecchi said, in a press release, that homeowners Mark and Tracey Rivard and their two grandchildren were being assisted by the Red Cross. They were not at home at the time of the fire.
"Firefighters from both departments did an outstanding job in extinguishing the fire. No injuries were reported," he said. "Two dogs were removed from the fire, given oxygen and transported to be checked out by a veterinarian. The American Red Cross responded and provided assistance to the owners."
Once the visible fire was knocked down, firefighters opened the roof, exterior walls and interior walls upon finding fire in the walls during a second sweep through.
Pansecchi said the state Fire Marshal's Office was contacted and State Trooper Michael Mazza helped investigate. He was assisted by Adams Fire Department personnel, North Adams Fire Director Steven Meranti and Adams Police Officer Gregory Charon.
Investigation determined the cause of the fire to be a plastic cutting board placed on top of a stove burner that had been accidentally left on.
Adams Ambulance and North Adams Ambulance Service's rehab unit were also on the scene.