State briefs: Residents, firefighters hurt in Pittsfield duplex fire

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Monday, March 05, 2018
Residents, firefighters hurt in Pittsfield duplex fire

PITTSFIELD — Two residents and two firefighters were hurt in a blaze that destroyed a home.

Authorities say two residents of the Pittsfield duplex were taken to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation from the fire reported at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

Five people lived in the home.

Two firefighters were also checked out at the hospital, one with a knee injury. A dog died in the fire and a cat is missing.

No names were released.

Pittsfield firefighters were helped at the scene by crews from Lenox, Hinsdale and Dalton helped out.

The fire appears to be accidental but the cause remains under investigation. The home was gutted and appears to be a total loss.

3 vehicles damaged by ice falling from bridge

BOURNE — Police say several vehicles were damaged by chunks of ice that fell from the higher reaches of a bridge.

Police one vehicle had to be towed from the scene after a piece of ice smashed through its windshield as it drove across the Sagamore Bridge in Bourne at about 6 a.m. Monday.

Two other damaged vehicles were driven from the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Police Sgt. Wallace Perry says the more than 1,400-foot bridge that carries U.S. Route 6 across the Cape Cod Canal is expected to remain open.

Off-duty firefighter spots house fire, rescues man

WORCESTER — Authorities say an 85-year-old woman has died in a house fire that was spotted by a firefighter heading into work, who then helped a rescue a man from the home.

Worcester fire officials say the city fire lieutenant spotted the flames at about 7 a.m. Monday and brought one man to safety. Fire crews then arrived and pulled the woman and another man from the building.

All three people were taken to the hospital where the woman later died.

No names were immediately released but both men were reportedly in their 60s and are expected to survive after suffering from smoke inhalation.

The cause is under investigation.

Harvard University professor placed on leave

CAMBRIDGE — Harvard University has placed a professor on administrative leave following a series of sexual misconduct allegations.

In an email sent to students Sunday, the university’s Faculty of the Arts and Sciences dean Michael Smith says Professor Jorge Dominguez is on leave effective immediately pending a “full and fair review of the facts.”

Smith says the FAS will not tolerate sexual harassment, and he encourages anyone who has witnessed sexual harassment to come forward.

A Harvard spokeswoman has declined to comment further on the suspension.

Former students and colleagues accused Dominguez of sexual harassment and assault in an article published Tuesday in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The women claim he touched them inappropriately, and one former colleague says he tried to kiss her multiple times.