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UPDATED: Fire Badly Damages 2-Family Home on Madison Ave.; All Residents Out Safe

The two-alarm fire ripped through 17-19 Madison Ave. Tuesday evening.

Updated 6:17 p.m. 

Flames from a two-alarm fire damaged a two-family home on Madison Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, and all the residents got out safely.

Thomas Huse, who owns the house at 17-19 Madison Ave., said he was at home when a fuse popped while a he was at home. He was trying to reset the fuse when someone knocked on the door.

"About that time somone came banging on the door and said smoke was coming from the eave," Huse said.

He and his wife, and their dogs got out of the home, as did their tenant, who rented the other half of her home. She also had a dog and everyone got out without injury.

The fire began in the attic, said Watertown Deputy Fire Chief Thomas McManus.

"We are still investigating (the cause of the fire)," McManus said. "It started in the attic and ther was no access - no stairway."

At some points during Watertown firefighters trained the fire four hoses on the house as flames shot out of the roof.

As he watched firefighters douse the last of the flames, Huse said he is not sure how bad the damage is.

"The roof is almost completely gone," Huse said. "We may be able to salvage a fair amount of stuff. That's my home."

Huse said he and his wife will stay with his mother in Newton tonight.

Posted earlier:

Watertown firefighters are battling a blaze in a two-family home on Madison Avenue this evening. 

According to Watertown Patch Editor Charlie Breitrose, who is on the scene, flames are still visible from the back of the house and the roof of the home has caved in.

At this time, there are no reports of anyone inside the home and no reports of injury.

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Heavy fire was reported in the attic of 17-19 Madison Avenue, according to scanner reports.  

According to Twitter user @AlertNewEngland, the fire has been raised to a second alarm and all firefighters have been ordered out of the house

Watertown Patch will have more updates on this story as they become available. 

tammy carlson paige September 18, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I am glad everyone is ok. if you need anything please dont hesitate to let me know. tammy carlson paige.

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