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Posted on: July 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] WFR responds to multiple calls including car accident and house fire



Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a Motor Vehicle Collision on Hwy 20 Tuesday at about 5:15 pm Tuesday, 7/21/20.  The accident occurred at the intersection of Hwy 20 and 14th Ave NW.  A vehicle was westbound on Hwy 20, and another was attempting to turn left and cross Hwy 20, pulling in front of the pickup.  The pickup had a 5th wheel flat bed trailer attached and was hauling some metal sheeting and fence panels.  Luckily, the contents of the trailer stayed in place.  Both vehicles were disabled on scene.  Seat belts were used in each vehicle, as well as airbags being deployed.  Each vehicle had one occupant, and Watertown Fire transported one patient to Prairie Lakes Hospital with undisclosed injuries.  Watertown Fire responded with 2 apparatus, and assisted the Watertown PD and South Dakota Highway Patrol at the accident.  Traffic was blocked for a short period of time, with rescue personnel on scene for about and hour.  WFR reminds drivers to buckle up, as seat belts do and will continue to save lives.

Watertown Fire Rescue also responded to a called in oven fire at 508 2nd St NW at about 8:00pm on Tuesday, 7/21/20.  WFR arrived on scene to find smoke in a house, but the occupant was able to get the fire extinguished prior to arrival.  The home suffered no damage, and only required a small amount of smoke to be removed from the house.  The fire occurred in the kitchen oven, and was held to that room and appliance.  Fire crews were on scene for about 30 minutes.  WFR reminds anyone who has an oven fire to simply close the oven door prior to calling 911.  Remember grease fires should be smothered, rather than extinguished with water.  Cover the fire, turn off the heat source, and if the fire is small a Class B or chemical fire extinguisher can be used.  Taking away the oxygen from this type of fire is most important.  If any these methods fail, call 911 immediately.

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