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Unoccupied home destroyed in fire

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Jan 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Watertown volunteer fire Chief John Jewell said an unoccupied home was destroyed Monday night in a fire at the intersection of West Woodland Street and Commerce Avenue.

Jewell said about 12 personnel, two volunteer rescue units along with Wilson Emergency Management Agency assistance, were on call at the scene after receiving the call around 10:30 p.m.

According to Jewell, the home that caught fire was an older, partial two-story and unoccupied, but was being used for storage and was across the street from the owner’s home. He said the home did have electricity.

By the time personnel arrived Jewell said the fire was heavily involved and well advanced, with the home completely on fire at least 30 feet in the air.

Jewell said another home on the south side received some damage but did not catch fire as firefighters managed to keep it from going any further. He also said they prevented an unattached garage from catching fire.

“It’s difficult to know the origin of where the fire started, but we think it probably caught somewhere in the southeast corner of the home,” Jewell said.

Jewell said there were no injuries and responders concluded operations at around 5 a.m.

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