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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:02 pm

The Watertown Fire Department responded early this morning to a roof fire at an industrial building in the city.

Fire Chief Greg Michalek said the department received a call around 5:40 a.m. for an active roof fire at 201 Frederick St. Michalek said firefighters knocked down the flames after 15 minutes. Firefighters remained on scene for two hours and making sure there were no additional flare ups in the roof.

Michalek said it can be difficult to respond to these types of roof fires.

"Number one our pike poles aren't long enough to reach the roof and the way the roofs were built you have to open them up because fire can be trapped in the insulation," Michalek said.

The fire was started by a furnace vent pipe that was radiating heat and started the wood around it on fire in the roof, Michalek said. He estimated the damage would be between $10,000 and $15,000.

The building was a former location for Fisher-Barton. The company is relocating to a new facility in the city at 300 Air Park Drive. Watertown Economic Development Organization Executive Director Kim Erdmann said the company is all but moved out of the Frederick Street location.

Michalek said no injuries were reported .

The Ixonia, Waterloo and Clyman fire departments responded at the scene of the fire and the Lake mills and Beaver Dam fire departments responded to the Watertown station.

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