The Waterloo Police Department has provided an update on the structure fire that heavy damaged an auto repair shop on Main St. around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
First responders initially responded for the report of a vehicle fire at Community Car Care in the village of Waterloo. Upon arrival, the bay of the shop was found to be fully-engulfed.
All of the occupants of the building were out and unharmed.
The Waterloo Fire Department responded with mutual aid from Border City, Seneca Falls, and Fayette Fire Departments and extinguished the fire. The fire department was assisted by North Seneca Ambulance, Oaks Corners Fire Department Rehab Team, Seneca County Hazardous Materials, NYS Electric and Gas, NYS Environmental Conservation Spill Response Team, the Village of Waterloo Water Department, and the Waterloo Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Geneva Fire Department and Ovid Fire Departments were activated for standby. Waterloo and Border City Fire Police assisted with traffic control efforts.
The Seneca County Fire Investigation team determined that the cause of the fire was accidental after gasoline fumes accumulated and were ignited by a waste oil furnace installed in the shop.
Seneca County Code Enforcement assessed the structure, determined it was a loss, and condemned the building. The property was insured.
The Waterloo Police Department was assisted by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Seneca Falls Police Department, the New York State Police, and the New York State Environmental Conservation Police.
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