Waterloo fire under investigation after overnight blaze

A house fire in Waterloo is under investigation after first responders were called to the scene on Church Street a little after midnight.

Around 12:30 am firefighters were called to 51 Church Street for the report of a house fire. Upon arrival, fire officials were under the impression that people may have been trapped inside the home, but it was quickly determined that no people were home at the time.

The fire caused significant damage to the outside of the home. Waterloo Fire Chief Mike Reese says firework remnants were found on the ground. He said at the scene that fireworks have not been ruled out yet as a potential cause for the blaze.

The investigation remains active.

The fire department posted the following message on Facebook:

“Structure fire tonight on Church st. Everyone is safe and the house was vacant on our arrival. Geneva assisted with a Quint, Rescue and manpower, Border City responded two engines with manpower, Seneca Falls responded with one engine and Fayette Fire responded with a FAST team. We were also assisted by the Village of Waterloo Police Department, Seneca County Sheriffs Office Investigator, Seneca County Fire Coordinators office, Seneca County Fire Investigation Team and North Seneca Ambulance.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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