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Posted on: September 12, 2021

WFR Responds to Possible Building Fire

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WFR responded to a possible building fire, that was called in by several people Sunday night around 9:20pm, about a block south of Perkins.  It was reported the flames were over 20' high prior to WFR's arrival.  Upon arrival, the fire was found behind 600 10th Ave SE.  Initial investigation lead to the fire actually coming from 2 large dumpsters containing wood pallets.  This type of burning is not allowed within the city limits of Watertown, and the fire was extinguished by WFR personnel.  There were no injuries, and crews were on scene for about 30 minutes in total.  Just a reminder, Watertown City Ordinance states a recreational fire is the burning of cut trees, charcoal, or commercial fire logs, with a total fuel area of three (3) feet or less in diameter and two (2) feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, or similar purposes. A recreational fire must be contained in an earthen pit with sidewalls, fireplace, or other device, which must be capable of containing the fire. A recreational fire may not be located within ten (10) feet from any structure and may not be located within ten (10) feet from any property line.  Please be cautious and responsible when starting any type of fire, in city limits or outside of them.  Remember to always call WPD prior to any planned controlled burn out in the county, and those fires must be supervised the entire time they are burning.  No unapproved fires can be lit within 1 mile of Watertown city limits.  

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