Watertown Fire Rescue is still at the scene of an early morning house fire. No names have been released but early indications are that no one was hurt in the blaze at the home located just off highway 81 at 326 Third Ave. Northeast. Smoke could be seen coming from all four corners of the one story home. Watertown Fire Rescue Batallion Chief Tyler McElhany says the home was still being searched as of 6:30 this morning but that it didn’t appear anyone was hurt. A large gaping hole can be seen between the garage and the home’s entrance on the north side of the structure. The temperature at the time of the fire was zero with wind chills in the ten below zone. The area has been cordoned off as firefighters continue their work.

WFR was also called for a semi truck on fire in the Concrete Dakota cement plant at 1004 4 St SE at 315 pm on Thursday, December 28, 2017. Upon arrival found a Peterbilt semi tractor with fire coming from the engine compartment. Crews quickly extinguished the fire before it could spread to anything else. The truck was not running and was not close to any buildings, but the engine block heater was plugged in and probably started the fire. Crews were on scene less than 30 minutes. WFR would like to remind people to be careful when using block heaters in cold weather. Be sure to check them over and make sure the cords are in good condition.