A fire at a home on Water Street early Wednesday afternoon severely damaged the 80-year-old structure leaving a family homeless.

iBerksires.com  reports firefighters responded to 9 Water St. at about 12:30 p.m. and were able to quickly gain control over the blaze.

Adams Fire Chief John Pansecchi said there were three pets in the house. Two were able to escape but one is still missing.

Once the firefighters knocked down the blaze, smoke continued to billow out of the home in the dense neighborhood. It continued to smolder into the afternoon.

Much of the smoke subsided around 2 p.m.

Pansecchi said he does not believe the single-family house can be salvaged and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

North Adams and Cheshire firefighters also responded for mutual aid and the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department covered the station.

Adams Ambulance Service present as well as Northern Berkshire EMS.

The Red Cross has also been contacted.

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