Lenox Elder Housing Fire was Intentionally Set

Authorities say the Thursday night fire that displaced about 60 residents of a town-run housing facility for the elderly in Lenox, Massachusetts and critically injured one resident was intentionally set. 

The fire, at a retirement community in the former Curtis Hotel located directly across the street from Town Hall, started in a second floor bedroom, according to an investigation led by the state’s Department of Fire Services. Authorities say they’ve identified the culprit, and that the public is not in danger. 

One resident was transferred to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and then UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, and she remained in critical condition as of Friday afternoon, according to Jennifer Mieth, spokesperson for the Department of Fire Services

“What’s really great is that the fire alarm system in the building notified all of the occupants so that they were able to get out safely. And it also summoned the fire department.”

Investigators did not say when they expect to release more information on the person they believe started the fire.