5 departments respond to Waterloo house fire

On Sunday at 11:19 am, the Waterloo Fire and Police Department responded to a report of a house fire at 25 Grove Street in the Village of Waterloo. A neighbor noticed smoke coming from the roof of the house and called 911. The homeowners Peter and Leah Fox were out of town and no one was in the house when the fire broke out.Over 50 firefighters from Waterloo, Border City, Fayette, Seneca Falls and Magee responded to extinguish the blaze. It took firefighters over 2 hours to get the fire under control because the fire had been burning inside the house for quite some time before it was noticed by the neighbor. Fire personal remained on scene for about 5 hours overhauling and investigating the fire.The entire house and contents sustained major fire, smoke and water damage that resulted in a total loss. The house is insured and the family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.The Seneca County Fire investigation team responded and no cause for the fire has been determined at this time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and no one was injured.The Waterloo Fire department was assisted at the scene by the Waterloo Ladies Auxiliary, Oak’s Corners Rehab Unit, Seneca County Car 1, the Seneca County Fire Investigation Team, NYSEG, Seneca County codes, Waterloo Department of Public Works, the Red Cross, North Seneca Ambulance and the Waterloo Central School District who provided a bus for Firefighters and volunteers to get out of the cold and snow.Fire departments providing stand by coverage for the departments that were battling the blaze were the Geneva Fire Dept., Cayuga Fire Dept. and Montezuma fire Dept.

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