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Devastating fire claims pets in Seneca County: Investigators say it was uninsured

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One home was destroyed by a fire in Lodi, and at this point, authorities still aren’t certain about the cause.

A house fire happened on April 25 at approximately 12:18 p.m. at 2027 West Seneca Street in the Town of Lodi, according to Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson. Upon their arrival, deputies found the home fully engulfed in flames. Although all human occupants were safely outside, several pets, including dogs and cats, perished in the blaze.


The residents of the house, Kimberly Hayward, 50, and Robert and Tina Ziegler, aged 52 and 54, were not present at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Unfortunately, the home was uninsured and suffered extensive damage, being declared a total loss valued at over $100,000.

Multiple fire departments, including Lodi, Ovid, Interlaken, Romulus, Fayette, and Hector, responded to the emergency. The Red Cross is providing assistance to the displaced residents, helping them recover from this tragic event.