BREAKING: One person found dead following garage fire in Watertown

December 8, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–One person has died in a garage fire in Watertown.

Watertown Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tyler McElhany says fire crews were called to 1004 First Avenue Southeast at 8:30 this morning on a report of a possible structure fire.

When they got there, they immediately entered the duplex home to search for occupants, but found no one.

Then they entered the garage and extinguished the fire and discovered one fatality victim.

McElhany says the fire did not get into the home, other than smoke damage.

The fire scene was later turned over to Watertown police for an ongoing investigation that also includes the South Dakota Fire Marshal’s Office.

The name, age and gender of the victim have not been released.