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Recent Fire Originated From Hot Embers

There is more information regarding a fire from September, in Watertown.


Watertown Fire Department

Commercial Structure Fire: Loss estimated at $125,000


On September 29, 2023, at approximate 2:12 P.M. the Watertown Fire Department responded to a report of a commercial fire at 1220 American Way., Watertown, WI. Crews from the fire department arrived and found smoke coming from an open garage door. An employee had used a fire extinguisher, this helped to control the spread of the fire until the fire department arrived. Firefighters used a hose line to extinguish the remaining fire and fans to ventilate smoke from the building. Crews were on scene for about two hours. There was one reported injury, and that person was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

The investigation revealed that the fire originated from hot embers after the use of machinery. Loss estimates are $125,000 for the building, equipment, and other content.

The Watertown Fire Department was assisted by Waterloo, CLR, Ixonia, Lebanon, and Johnson Creek Fire Department’s, Jefferson and Horicon EMS, WE Energies, Watertown Police Department, Watertown and Jefferson Dispatch Centers. Lake Mills Fire Department provided an engine and Western Lakes provided an ambulance for change of quarters to provide coverage for any other calls of service in the city.

The Watertown Fire Department urges everyone to learn how to use a fire extinguisher to help prevent the spread of the fire. You may contact the Watertown Fire Department to set up fire extinguisher training opportunities.