Victims in Watertown house fire were students, superintendent confirms

WATERTOWN, Wis. — The three people killed in a house fire in Watertown on Friday were students.

Watertown Unified School District Superintendent Jarred Burke confirmed Monday that the three victims were students in the district. Burke said that further information regarding the victims would be released by the Watertown police and fire departments.

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Crews responded to the fire in the 100 block of Western Avenue shortly after 12:30 a.m. Friday, finding the house engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Burke said the district held a grief session for students, staff and families on Sunday evening, and a student-led vigil for the victims was held Monday evening.

Well over 100 people gathered outside the residence for a candlelight vigil Monday. Local rally and performance cars revved their engines and did burnouts down the street, telling our crew on the scene that the victims enjoyed watching them.

In an update Monday, Watertown Fire Department officials said the state fire marshal and police investigators are assisting in the investigation. The Urban Search and Rescue helped prevent the home from collapsing. Autopsies for the students are scheduled for Tuesday.

Saturday’s Watertown Winter Market raised money for the family and a GoFundMe page has also been set up to support them.