Four-Alarm Apartment Fire Displaces 31 Residents From Home, Community Raising Money to Help

Robert Ford Road – A 4-alarm fire that spread through a 12-unit apartment building at 62 Robert Ford Road on Friday, January 24 resulted in 31 residents getting displaced from their homes. The watertown fire department received calls reporting the fire at approximately 11AM when neighbors saw smoke coming from the building. No people or pets were harmed during the fire. One person was transported to a hospital for cardiac issues not related to fire or smoke inhalation. Firefighters from Boston, Arlington, Newton, Belmont and Waltham arrived on scene shortly after to assist. The fire took more than an hour to extinguish.

An investigation revealed the cause of the fire was an electrical short circuit in the basement of one of the units. Investigators are confident that it was a freak accident. Deputy Fire Chief Tom McManus added that the fire thankfully did not start at night. Crews have been working throughout the week to restore power to some of the surrounding homes.

According to the Executive Director of the Watertown Housing Authority, which owns the building, it is unlikely that any of the families who were living in the 12 unit building will ever be able to return. For some people, all of their belongings were lost in the flames. Immediately after the fire occurred, a community initiative began to collect food, clothing, furniture, and financial help for everyone affected.

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Produced by Dan Hogan, News Producer
Andrea Santopieto, Assistant Director
Max Faber, Videographer
January 30, 2020

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