Watertown Firefighters Douse Porch Fire That Extended into Home

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A fire struck a home on Riverside Street on Sunday, damaging a porch and part of an apartment.

The Watertown Fire Department got a fire alarm at 3:30 p.m. on March 27 from a six-unit building on Riverside Street. They received reports of smoke in the basement.

“Members of Group 2 extinguished a small fire on the rear porch, which was extending to the building. No injuries were reported and no residents were displaced,” said the fire report from the Watertown Fire Department.

The fire was started by “careless disposal of smoking material,” according to the Watertown Fire Department’s report.

The fire damaged an exterior door and the kitchen floor in one of the apartments. According to the report, the blaze caused about $10,000 in damage. There was also smoke and water damage.

Deputy Chief Arthur Geswell was the Incident Commander.

“We thank our mutual partners for providing station coverage and the Watertown Police Department for scene security. We also thank Watertown’s public safety dispatchers for their critical role in organizing the response,” the Watertown Fire Department said in a Facebook post.

Watertown fire stations were covered by the Cambridge, Belmont and Waltham fire departments.

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