A Waterloo woman, who was rescued from an Inslee St. fire in Waterloo was charged with third-degree arson, according to the Waterloo Police Department.
On April 26th the New York State Fire Investigation Team completed its investigation into the residential house fire that happened at 43 Inslee St. on February 22nd.
Diana M. Fegley, 46, of Waterloo was charged with third-degree arson, which is a Class C felony. Police say that she started the fire inside the home, which resulted in extensive damage to the property as whole.
The investigation lasted months as officials and investigators worked to understand what happened the day that crews spent hours battling and recovering the Inslee St. property from the blaze.
Fegley was arraigned in Seneca Falls Town Court and released.
Officials say the charge will be answered in Waterloo Village Court at a later date.
On Wednesday at 5:09 pm the Waterloo Fire and Police Departments responded to a reported house fire at 43 Inslee Street with people still inside. Several neighbors called 911 to report smoke coming from the house.
When crews arrived there was smoke coming from the house and neighbors were reporting the home owners did not come out. Waterloo Fire department and police officers made entry through the front door and began to search the house that was full of smoke for
One of the owners of the house, who was identified as 45-year-old Diana Fegley was found inside the burning house by an off duty Canandaigua City Police Officer and former member of the Waterloo Fire department. Fegley, a former employee of Seneca County was airlifted from the scene to Upstate University Hospital by LifeNet.
She was being treated for smoke inhalation, according to those on scene.
The former fireman was identified as Michael Felice. Waterloo Police officer Sgt. Lee Marquart assisted in removing Fegley from the home.
Fegley was taken outside where North Seneca Ambulance began treating her.
Members of the Waterloo Fire department continued to search the house for other occupants. No others were in the house at the time but the fire department did rescue one dog and two cats from the fire.
The fire department extinguished the blaze with help from the Border City Fire Department, Seneca Falls Fire Department and the Fayette Fire Department.
The Seneca County Fire investigation team, alongside the New York State Fire investigation agency responded to investigate the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The home is owned by Diana and Andrew Fegley and is insured. The house sustained major fire, smoke and water damage.
Fire and police remained on scene until about 10:30 pm. The Geneva Fire Department, Waterloo Fire Ladies Auxiliary, NYSEG, Seneca County Codes and North Seneca Ambulance assisted.
Photos below by Greg Cotterill