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Press Release - Structure Fire



The Seneca County Sheriff's office reports that on April 14th at 1045PM, Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Verona Village Apartment complex located at 2276 County road 139 in the Town of Ovid for the report of a Structure fire. Upon Deputies arrival, they noticed heavy thick black smoke and flames coming from the C block of the complex. Deputies immediatly began evacuating the apartments. Several elderly tenants were woken up by Sheriff's Deputies and removed from their smoke filling apartments. One tennant was treated at the scene by South Seneca Ambulance for smoke inhalation. The fire was started in apartment #C1, rented by 69 year old Douglas O. Sickler. The blaze was believed to be caused by a cigarette butt that was not properly put out inside of a butt can located directly outside of the front door to apartment #C1. the Ovid fire department extinguished the fire along with mutual aid from the Interlaken, Lodi and Trumansburg fire departments. Deputies were also assisted on scene by the New York State Park Police.

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