Fire claims Curtis Lumber warehouse in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD – More than 100 firefighters from 14 different departments across two counties responded to a warehouse fire Tuesday at the Curtis Lumber yard which engulfed the entire building and all the materials stored inside.

At 3:21 p.m. yesterday, a call for general aid went out to area departments to respond to 106 County Highway 18 in the Town of Pittsfield.

Although the store has a New Berlin address, the lumber yard is just across the Unadilla Valley River that divides Otsego and Chenango counties in the Town of Pittsfield, about half a mile from the Village of New Berlin.

Pittsfield Assistant Fire Chief Dwayne Jackson said no injuries were reported, but the structure was a total loss. The two story barn-like storage building was about 60 feet across and about 250 feet long, estimated Jackson.

“The fire appears to have originated in the rear section of the building and was filled with storage material, but thankfully no one has been reported hurt,” he said. Crews were able to contain the fire to site’s building number 6.

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