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Waterloo man charged with arson after Virginia Street house fire

Authorities say one person was arrested on two charges following a structure fire in the village of Waterloo earlier this week.

On July 5 around 7:09 p.m. police responded to 111 North Virginia Street for a reported structure fire.

When officers arrived there were flames and black smoke showing from the front of the building.

The Waterloo Fire Department responded and were able to quickly put the fire out, which was contained to the exterior of the structure.

The Seneca County Fire Investigation Team was contacted and responded. Upon investigation, it was determined that the fire was caused by a lit cigarette, which was left unattended.

The fire spread to the building causing damage to the exterior of the lower and upper apartments. All of the occupants were able to get out without injury.

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The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and Criminal Investigation Division assisted at the scene, along with Seneca County Code Enforcement, North Seneca Ambulance, and Seneca County Emergency Management.

Following an investigation, Derrick Smith, 24, of Waterloo was charged with reckless endangerment and arson.

He was issued appearance tickets for local court at a later date.