The Waterloo Police Department reports, on May 23, 2022, at approximately 6:55 PM officers responded to 3 State Street for a report of fire and smoke coming the basement of the residence.
Upon arrival smoke was seen coming from the outside basement entrance. The Waterloo Fire Department responded to the scene and the fire was quickly extinguished. A neighbor, assisted prior to Police Officers and Firefighters arrival by containing the fire to the basement stairway with a garden hose.
The residence is owned by Adam Wheeler and is insured. Fire Investigators from the Waterloo Police Department and Seneca County Fire Investigation Team responded and conducted an origin and cause investigation. The fire was determined to be accidental. A fuel can on the basement stairs was accidentally knocked over and was ignited by an appliance in the basement. No injuries were reported.