Downed power line causes Watertown house fire

June 30, 2022
Mike Tanner


WATERTOWN, S.D.– A house fire in Watertown Wednesday afternoon.


The fire call at 1340 25th Street Southwest originally came in as a report of a power line down from a tree limb falling on it.


When the power line fell, it started a nearby tree on fire, and strong winds carried embers from the tree fire to the adjacent house.


The fire initially was on the exterior of the house in multiple locations.


Fire crews hit the fire from the outside but there was extension into the interior of the home and within the home’s walls.


Crews made entry into the house and removed the wood paneling to expose the fire and extinguish it.


The home received moderate fire and water damage and light smoke damage.