Northern New York Newspapers
Watertown Daily Times
The Journal
Daily Courier-Observer
NNY Ads
NNY Business
NNY Living
Malone Telegram
Fri., Jul. 11
SUBSCRIBE
Serving the community of Ogdensburg, New York
51°F
Related Stories

Firefighters battle blaze at Emerson Place

ARTICLE OPTIONS
A A
print this article
e-mail this article

Five families were at least temporarily displaced Saturday night by a fire at Emerson Place that started in a basement dryer.

However, Gary C. Beasley, executive director of Neighbors of Watertown, said improvements made after his non-profit agency refurbished the building in 2003 helped keep the blaze from spreading throughout the 11-apartment complex.

“It could have been a heck of a lot worse,” Mr. Beasley said.

Watertown firefighters were called to 23 Emerson Place at around 7:15 p.m., and emergency officials were able to clear all the apartments without incident.

“The fire department responded very quickly,” Mr. Beasley said.

The blaze started in the dryer in a basement in Apt. 23 and spread into the first-floor kitchen area before being contained by firefighters, he said.

“That will all have to be rebuilt,” Mr. Beasley said.

The tenant was home at the time but was able to escape the burning apartment, he said.

The two adjacent apartments also sustained some smoke and water damage, Mr. Beasley said.

Attics throughout the row building used to be connected, but the Neighbors project included fire walls separating the entire apartments, including the attics, he said.

Connect with Us
OGD on FacebookOGD on Twitter
Thursday 's Covers
Frontpage
Sports cover
Our Community cover