Residents safe, pets rescued in Watertown fire

Updated: Dec. 8, 2019 at 10:06 PM EST
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Multiple Watertown residents are safe and their pets are rescued after a fire broke out at 442 Flower Avenue East in Watertown Sunday afternoon.

Fire crews were called to the home around 1 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters from the State Street Fire Station in Watertown said they could see smoke when they left to respond.

All occupants evacuated the home safely by the time first responders arrived. However, some animals were missing including three cats. Those animals were rescued and returned to owners by firefighters on scene.

City of Watertown fire chief Dale Herman says the fire was contained to the rear interior stairwell, which connected the first and second floor apartments.

“Everyone is safe. There should be no injuries reported to them. The property owners should have the home turned over to them by the early evening,” said Herman.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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