Court Street Fire of 2004



A massive fire at Max's Outfitters Court Street, on March 5th, 2004 totally destroyed the business and damaged the Second Look Bookstore and Dr. Guitar, as well as a drapery store. Watertown Fire Department battled the raging fire and called in mutual aid from the Town of Watertown Fire Department and Fort Drum Fire, which had a larger ladder truck, and later around ten departments and an estimated hundred fifty firefighters fought it. The firefighters stopped it from spreading to other closely-built buildings on the block. Firefighters said a firewall protected other businesses in the same building, but a metal facade hampered access to the interior if the building. Arson was found to be the cause of the fire and an employee of Max's Outfitters, Kelly Gleason-Tyo, was arrested and took an Alford (some call it Alfred) Plea.
{from Marc's History of Jefferson County}

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