Three people flee Stone Street apartment fire, cause under investigation

Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 3:55 PM EST
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Three people fled their apartment house in Watertown Thursday afternoon.

Flames were reported at 205 Stone Street around 2:45 p.m.

According to the Watertown Fire Department, crews found a fire on the second floor of the two-and-a-half story duplex. It was contained to that room.

Tenants at the scene told 7 News there are two units in the building. Richard Clay said he and his ex wife live on the ground floor, and another man lived upstairs where the flames broke out.

“Eric came running downstairs, said ‘fire, fire!’ I said where, he said ‘up in my apartment.’ I went up, sent everybody out, waiting for the fire department to grab his cat, then I waited outside and they just put it out,” Clay said.

The upstairs resident, Eric Vawter, said he was happy he saved his cat, but concerned about having no place to live. He said there were no other pets in his unit.

Damage was contained to the second floor of the apartment.

The Red Cross is assisting Vawter.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire department and Watertown Police.