Extensive damage after Waterloo house fire

On Wednesday at 9:36 pm the Waterloo Village Police Department and Waterloo Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 34 West River Street in the Village of Waterloo. The home owner and only occupant at the time David Rotz called 911 and reported his chimney was on fire. Upon Police and Fire arrival flames were observed coming from inside the house. The fire had spread from a wood stove chimney into a wall, up through the second floor and into the attic of the residence.Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Fayette and Border City fire departments were able to bring the fire under control in about 35 minutes and continued for another 2 hours completing an over haul and putting fires out in the walls and ceilings.The home sustained extensive fire, smoke and water damage. The house is owned by David and Barbara Rotz and the residence is insured. The fire was ruled accidental, caused from a wood burning stove inside the house.Assistance was provided at the scene by the Waterloo Ladies Fire Auxiliary, Seneca County Fire coordinator, North Seneca Ambulance, Seneca County Codes and NYSEG. The Geneva Fire Department provided stand-by coverage for Border City and Waterloo.West River Road from Fayette Street to Maple Lane was closed for about 3 and a half hours during the fire.

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