The Watertown Fire Department responded to a call from the Jefferson County Dispatch Center reporting a fire at 211 N. Maple Street on January 26.
Prior to our arrival, automatic aid was initiated, elevating the incident to a MABAS Box Working Still Level. This action promptly brought additional fire/EMS units and command staff to the scene. Upon arrival, the ambulance crew discovered a detached garage with flames visible. The engine company conducted a thorough walk-around of the garage, revealing flames on all four sides with exposures.
Firefighters effectively utilized two attack hose lines, leading to a swift extinguishment of the fire. Approximately 2,000 gallons of water and 5 gallons of foam were used in the firefighting effort. All occupants and staff were safely accounted for, and no injuries were reported. An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the fire.
Preliminary estimates indicate fire damages around $55,000 at this time.
The Watertown Fire Department acknowledges the assistance provided by the Watertown Police Department, Watertown Dispatch Center, Johnson Creek Fire, and Ixonia Fire at the scene. Western Lakes EMS and the Hustisford Fire Department provided coverage at the station during the incident, with all other automatic aid companies canceled prior to arrival.
Taking this opportunity, the Watertown Fire Department emphasizes the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your residence. If you are in need, please contact the Department for assistance.
For further information regarding this incident, reach out to Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Rauterberg at 920-261-3610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.