Watertown, SD -- At approximately 8:39 AM Wednesday morning Watertown Fire Rescue responded to the HWY 81 round about at 5th St SE and 20th Avenue for a tractor trailer with a brake that caught fire. On arrival, Watertown Fire Rescue discovered the driver of the semi had extinguished the flames with the fire extinguisher that he had in the cab of his truck. The brake and wheel were still very hot so firefighters applied water to cool the area. Losses were limited to a rear tag axle. Watertown Fire Rescue was called out again early this morning to a structure fire. Shortly after midnight, crews responded to a duplex at 209 3rd St. SE in Watertown with fire reportedly coming from the back of a home. Crews deployed hose lines to the back of the house where the fire had self ventilated through a soffit and door. The fire was quickly controlled. The fire department spent the better portion of the night performing an overhaul of the structure and checking for fire extension to other parts of the building. There were no injuries reported by fire personnel or tenants of the structure. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and no formal statement has been made. One unit reported heavy smoke and fire damage. The other unit had only smoke damage. Both parties were aided in temporary relocation and the building owner was notified.
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