Winslow Street multi-family home evacuated Tuesday night

Winslow Street fire

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A multi-unit apartment house in Watertown had to be evacuated because of a fire Tuesday night.

Crews were called to 139 Winslow Street for a structure fire, which was quickly extinguished.

Dwight Bennett, who lives on the first floor of the building, says he was eating dinner when he walked to the laundry room, opened the door, and saw smoke pour into his unit.

Officials say the fire sparked in an apartment in the back of the building on the first floor.

No one was home in that apartment when firefighters arrived.

Everyone else inside the six-unit apartment house was evacuated.

Officials say there was not a smoke alarm in the apartment where the fire began.

“I would just like to remind people to check your smoke detectors and that if you need a smoke detector, we do have a limited number available,” said Watertown City Fire Department Captain Andrew Naklick.

Winslow Street and a portion of Washington Street were closed while crews worked.

Two people were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.

Fire officials say the residents of four of the building’s six units were able to reenter their apartments Tuesday night.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

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