Lightning Strike Damages Watertown Home, Sets it on Fire

A lightning strike during the strong storm that hit Watertown Sunday put a hole in the roof of a home near Watertown Square and set the structure on fire. The June 28th storm caused some flooding in areas of town, but Watertown Fire Chief Bob Quinn said the lightning strike was the only fire that the department had to respond to during the foul weather. “It was a freak of luck the way it worked out,” Quinn said. “We are thankful that the people who were in the house were fine.” Residents called 911 after their three-story, two-family home at 130 Mt.

COVID-19 Impacted Town’s Budget, Details of the Police, Fire Budgets Presented

Watertown Town Hall

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a major impact on Watertown’s budget, Town Manager Michel Driscoll told the Town Council Tuesday night. He also gave details about how the Police and Fire departments use their funding. Driscoll’s presentation (see the documents here) gave more details about Watertown’s Fiscal 2021 Budget the day before the Town Council will have the chance to ask questions about each Town department’s budget. Two weeks ago, Driscoll presented the $152.4 million budget proposal which included no lay offs, despite the loss of about $4 million related to the COVID-19 pandemic. State Aid is forecast to be down $2.6 million as a result of the impact of the pandemic on the Massachusetts economy, Driscoll said.

Town Council to Consider Adding to Fire Dept. Repair Fund, Town Attorney’s Contract & Honoring the WHS Class of 2020

On Tuesday night, Town Council will be asked to approve the reappointment of the Town’s attorney and to increase the amount of money for maintenance of Fire Department vehicles. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m on May 26, and will be conducted online due to the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 outbreak. KP Law, which has been the law firm used by Watertown since 1993, will be up for reappointment on Tuesday. The attorney assigned to Watertown since 2003 has been Mark Reich. Along with offering legal opinions to the Town Council and Town officials, the firm also provides seminars on topics such as open meeting law, public records and conflict of interest, according to the letter from Town Manager Michael Driscoll to the Town Council.

Watertown Firefighter Douse House Fire, Caused $60K in Damage

View this post on Instagram This afternoon Group 3 made a quick stop on an attic fire on Wilson Ave. The fire department was notified of the fire early on by an occupant which led to a quick extinguishment with minimal damage. Deputy Chief R. Nicholson was the Incident Commander. No injuries were reported and the origin and cause of the fire is under investigation. A post shared by Deputy Chief Ryan Nicholson (@watertownfire) on Jan 10, 2020 at 2:11pm PST

Watertown Firefighters quickly doused a fire that began in the attic of a home on Wilson Avenue.

Watertown Firefighters Getting Second Set of Gear to Improve Safety, Ladder Truck Approved

Watertown firefighters will get a second set of turnout gear to wear on shifts when they respond to a fire. The Fire Department will also be getting a new ladder truck. The Town Council approved a purchase that Watertown Fire Chief Bob Quinn hopes will keep members of the Fire Department healthy and safe. Tuesday night, the Council approved $176,000 to be spent on a second set of turnout gear for the Watertown Fire Department. “Cancer is a significant concern for firefighters, and by adding a second set of turnout gear it helps create a healthier, safer environment for members of the Watertown Fire Department,” Quinn said.

Powerful Thunderstorm Floods School & Streets, Knocks Down Tree in Watertown

A thunderstorm that hit Watertown Wednesday afternoon caused flooding and other damage. A strong thunderstorm caused chaos which rolled through Watertown late Wednesday afternoon, flooding part of a school, streets and knocking over a tree. The storm cell hit Watertown at about 5:30 p.m. and with several lightning bolts in the area and dumping heavy rain on town, causing flooding in some areas. Flooding was reported around Watertown, including causing water to come into the gymnasium at Cunniff Elementary School on the Westside of town. Street flooding was reported nearby on Warren at Chapman Street, where as much as a foot of water was reported by first responders on the scene, according to scanner reports.

Watertown Fire Chief Awards Fire, Police Personnel for Saving a Life

Members of the Watertown Fire Department, Police Department and emergency dispatchers received awards on Friday for the work they did helping to save a man from choking. Watertown Fire Chief Bob Quinn announced the awards during a ceremony where the Fire Department also swore in new firefighters and officially promoted two others. On the evening of Dec. 7, 2018, a call came in for a man with an obstructed airway at Conley’s Pub & Grill on Belmont Street. “Upon arrival, Engine 2 encountered a very crowded restaurant and was able to make contact with the male patient,” Quinn said.