For Immediate Release - April 02, 2012

Cause of fatal fire listed as accidental

Investigators have determined that the cause of a fatal fire in Pittsfield on Sunday was accidental. 

59 year old CLAUDETTE ROBERTS died as a result of the fire which was reported to the Pittsfield Fire Department at 4:16 Sunday morning.  ROBERTS was discovered, deceased, inside the first floor apartment at 91 Orchard Street.    

Investigators have determined the fire was accidental in nature and was most likely caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials in the ROBERTS apartment. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Office of the Fire Marshal, the Pittsfield Fire and Police Departments and the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section.