Update: Five Households 'Displaced' In Saturday Night Fire

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Fire Saturday night in Watertown forced people from five households out of their apartments and into temporary housing paid for by Neighbors of Watertown.

The fire itself was confined to one apartment, at 23 Emerson Place, but smoke spread to the neighboring apartments on each side, said Neighbors of Watertown executive director Gary Beasley.

In all, apartments 20 through 24 were affected either by smoke, fire or loss of electrical power.

Beasley said people from five households were displaced by the fire, and that Neighbors of Watertown was paying for temporary shelter for them. (Update: we reported on oiur late news Saturday that the motel had decided to cover the bill Saturday night.)

The fire was reported a little before 7 p.m. Fire officials reported the fire under control less than an hour later.

Firefighters from the city of Watertown were on hand, with assistance from Fort Drum's fire department and Guilfoyle Ambulance, though no one was reported hurt.

Emerson Place is operated by Neighbors of Watertown. The cause of the fire was not known Saturday night, though Beasley confirmed a dryer was responsible.

Emerson Place is off State Street.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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