Watertown Fire Rescue had a busy night. At 10:21pm they were dispatched to 909 12th Ave NW for a structure fire. When crews arrived, they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the back of the trailer house. The fire was under control in approximately 30 minutes. Crews were on scene about 3.5 hours. Crews were having to deal with extreme cold weather. The property is a total loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Watertown Fire Rescue was assisted on scene by Watertown Police, Red Cross, Emergency Management and WFR Fire Chaplin. No injuries were reported.
At 1:25 while crews were still at house fire, a call came in for flames coming from the top of the Terex building at 3104 15th Ave SE. One engine crew from the house fire broke away and two more trucks from the station responded. Crews investigated the fire and found that Terex had removed the filters off a heating unit because they were freezing up. With the filters off, you could see into heat unit and see the flame. This is normal working for the furnace and no action was taken to put it out.
At 1:50 Watertown Fire received a call in fire alarm to the Tower apartments at 17 1st St SW. Crews responded from Terex. When on scene, no alarms were heard and no problems showed up on the alarm panel. A manager of the apartments was on scene and will stay to make sure no problem arises.