Fire heavily damages Watertown home Sunday night

Watertown house fire

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A family of three escaped their burning Watertown home safely Sunday night.

The fire at 235 North Indiana Avenue was reported around 9:40 p.m.

Watertown Fire Chief Matthew Timerman says the three occupants, Nicholas, Lyndia, and Elijah Pistilli, were safely outside their home when firefighters arrived.

Timerman said fire damage was extensive – particularly to the rear, second floor, and attic – and the siding of a home next door was damaged.

Several nearby intersections were closed to traffic as crews worked to put out the blaze.

No people were injured, but the family dog died in the fire.

The cause is under investigation.

The Red Cross says it’s helping the two adults and 17-year-old who lived there, providing financial assistance for such things as food, shelter, and clothing.

Watertown firefighters were helped at the scene by the Fort Drum Fire Department, Guilfoyle Ambulance, and the city’s police, water, and codes departments.

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