House fire under investigation in North Webster

(Gary Nieter, Times-Union)

An unoccupied lake cottage caught fire Sunday afternoon in North Webster, resulting in about $50,000 in damage.

North Webster Senior Battalion Chief Cody Manges said a residential structure fire call came in at 3:40 p.m. Sunday at the 100 block of EMS B5 Lane. Upon arrival at the scene, Manges said heavy smoke was coming from the garage and the roofline of the house. 

“So initial attack was down on the garage, and my crews did a search and nothing was found inside the house,” he said. 

Manges said the name of the homeowners are unknown at this time. 

“The house had just been sold a few months ago, so right now we don’t have the  name of the owner,” he said, adding that the house was currently unoccupied and he believes the home is used as a lake cottage. 

The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation. 

The garage, contents of the garage and smoke damage throughout the house caused an estimated $50,000 in damages, Manges said. 

Pierceton Fire Department arrived for a full assist with an engine and manpower. Syracuse Fire Department assisted with manpower, and Leesburg Fire Department brought water and manpower.

About 2,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire. 

The scene was cleared at 6:05 p.m., and there were no injuries.