Four people flee burning home in Watertown

Fire damaged 524 Frontenac Street in Watertown
Fire damaged 524 Frontenac Street in Watertown(WWNY)
Published: Dec. 29, 2022 at 5:17 AM EST
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Four people, including two children, escaped their burning home with only the clothes on their backs early Thursday morning.

It happened shortly after midnight at 524 Frontenac Street in Watertown.

When city firefighters arrived at the scene, they found flames shooting from the first and second-floor windows.

Battalion Chief Ronald Wareham said firefighters faced a couple of obstacles in battling the blaze, including getting ladders through the deep snow and having to dig out the fire hydrant.

The home sustained heavy fire, smoke, and water damage.

Investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of the blaze, but Wareham said it appears to have started in an upstairs bedroom

He said three people, a man and his two children, lived in the home; a fourth person was visiting at the time of the fire.

Wareham said the father smelled smoke and got everyone out of the house safely.

He said the residents are now staying with family.

Wareham also stressed the importance of clearing snow away from fire hydrants. He said every second counts when fighting fires and having to uncover hydrants can cause delays.

However, Wareham said the delay in battling this house fire didn’t make a lot of difference in the outcome.