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UPDATE: Police want public’s help as investigation into Ferrara Lumber fire continues

UPDATE: Police are requesting the public’s help as they investigate the devastating fire that occurred at Ferrara Lumber in Seneca Falls on Sunday.

Police say the Seneca Falls Fire Department and Seneca Falls Police Department were notified of an active fire at Ferrara Lumber, located at 30 West Bayard Street, at approximately 5:34 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.

Crews evacuated the surrounding area as Canal Fest took place nearby. SFFD crews worked throughout the night and into Monday, July 4 to ensure the fire remained controlled as they battled flare-ups at the property.

Firefighters brought the fire under control at approximately 9:05 p.m. on Sunday, according to the SFPD.

The area of West Bayard Street between Ovid Street and Center Street was shut down for traffic until approximately 5:45 pm on Monday.

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Two firefighters, one civilian transported from scene to Geneva General- All since released

Two firefighters were transported from the scene by ambulance to Geneva General Hospital. One was treated for minor burns and the other for heat exhaustion. Both firefighters were released.

One civilian was transported to the hospital after experiencing a seizure at the scene. They were also treated and released. Two other civilians were treated at the scene for minor health issues and refused transport to the hospital.

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Over a dozen local fire departments provided mutual aid

The SFFD battled the flames along with many other local fire departments, including Waterloo, Fayette, Varick, Border City, Romulus, Junius, Canoga, Lodi, Aurelius, Union Springs, Clyde, Geneva and Oaks Corners. Additional standby crews from other local fire departments were also present.

Other local agencies also provided on-site assistance, including officials from the following: Seneca Falls Water Department, Seneca County Emergency Management officials, Seneca County Highway Department, Seneca County HAZMAT Team, Ontario County HAZMAT Team, New York State Fire and NYSEG.

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Investigation remains ongoing, police request the public’s help

At this time, the cause of the fire remains undetermined as the Seneca Falls Police Department is continuing its investigation as the cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Assisting in the investigation are New York State Fire, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Seneca County Fire Investigation Team and the New York State Police.

Anyone with any information, including videos and photos, can contact Investigator Christopher Denny with the Seneca Falls Police Department at 315-568-4850 or directly by email at cdenny@senecafallspd.net.



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