Watertown House Extensively Damaged By Fire

Watertown House Extensively Damaged By Fire

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Firefighters from the city of Watertown battled a house fire at the corner of State and North Rutland streets in Watertown around noontime Friday.

The fire at 731 State Street extensively damaged a vacant house. No one was injured. 

When Watertown city firefighters first arrived a little before noon, they saw flames and went into the house to try to control the fire on the second floor. Fire chief Dale Herman said in a statement that the fire was large enough to prompt firefighters to get out of the house and fight it from the outside, using the department's two ladder trucks.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Chief Herman said.

He added, ""The building also had power that's one of the other thing we have to consider in doing the investigation."

The owners of record are Donald Blinebry and Esperanza Lopez from Brookfield, Connecticut.

Traffic was blocked off the 700 block of State Street for a time Friday afternoon.

Fort Drum Fire, Guilfoyle Ambulance, Watertown police, National Grid, Department of Public Works and the water department all helped out the city fire department.

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