A Pittsfield man who was pulled from a car fire early Wednesday morning outside an apartment complex has died, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

Berkshire District Attorney's Office director of communications, Andy McKeever confirmed to the Berkshire News Network this morning that 69-year-old Barry Dunnells, who was pulled from a car that was engulfed in flames in the parking lot in front of the Livingston Apartments, was pronounced deceased at Berkshire Medical Center.

The cause of death remains under investigation...

The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death. The Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau, Pittsfield Fire Department Investigators, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the incident.

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The victim was inside the burning car upon first responders' arrival...

When firefighters arrived on the scene Wednesday morning they discovered a motor vehicle that was on fire with two other vehicles impinging. Bystanders alerted the first responders that the occupant was still inside the burning car. After he was extracted from the burning car, Dunnells was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield by County Ambulance with what were described as life-threatening injuries before subsequently dying there.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner, the vehicle was parked at the time of the fire which was not caused by a motor vehicle collision.

We will update this story upon further information after the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the exact cause of Dunnells' death.


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