Firefighter injured as crews respond to a Town of Watertown fire

Firefighter injured as crews respond to a Town of Watertown fire

TOWN OF WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A town of Watertown blaze put a firefighter in the hospital.

It happened when crews responded to a house fire at 20897 Cagwin Road around 9:30 PM Saturday night.

When responders arrived, the fire was working its way up a wall into the attic. Flames could be seen through the roof.

Around 11 PM, the flames appeared to be under control, but firefighters were still working to put out hotspots. Heavy smoke was still visible around midnight.

According to Town of Watertown Assistant Fire Chief Jeff VanBrocklin, the injured firefighter suffered a separated shoulder when a portion of the ceiling collapsed on him. He was treated at Samaritan Medical Center and has since been released.

A stretch of Cagwin Road was closed off for a couple hours while crews battled the blaze as the street was lined with fire trucks from the City of Watertown, Town of Watertown, Sackets Harbor, North Pole, Rodman, and Adams Center.

Officials on scene said the attic and roof were heavily damaged by fire. The main floor sustained, fire, smoke, and water damage.

When asked if the home was considered a total loss, VanBrocklin said, “more than likely, yes,” as the main living areas received a lot of damage.

It was originally believed the fire started on the deck, however officials say that isn’t the case.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The owners of the home are being assisted by the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is providing assistance for necessities to two adults and four children, ages 1, 2, 6, and 12. Officials say the children were not at the residence at the time of the fire.

Smoke is seen coming from the roof of this home on Cagwin Road in the Town of Watertown
Smoke is seen coming from the roof of this home on Cagwin Road in the Town of Watertown (Source: wwny)

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