Mechanic street fire: residents out safe

Mechanic street fire: residents out safe

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Watertown City Fire Department responded at around 10:30 Saturday morning to a fully involved fire at 177 Mechanic Street.

Officials say 3 families live in the multi-unit house. We’re told those inside, including a dog, made it out safe. On scene, people called the dog Roscoe. Officials say Roscoe had to be given oxygen after a city firefighter found him unresponsive inside the home.

People on scene mentioned that there were cats that did not make it out alive.

Fire officials say there is moderate fire damage to the first floor and smoke damage throughout the house.

A section of Mechanic Street was temporarily blocked off while crews worked.

City Codes was on scene to assess the structures’ damage and deem whether or not it is livable.

Police on scene tell us the fire looks to have started in the basement. The cause is under investigation.

The American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to four adults. The Red Cross provided financial assistance which can be used for necessities such as shelter, food, and clothing as well as offered emotional support, health services, and mental health services. One resident is eligible for Veterans’ services.

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