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Home Condemned, Homeowner Faces Charges After Celoron Fire

Firefighters and Ellicott police are pictured at the scene of a fire Monday night in the village of Celoron. A Duquesne Street home was condemned following the fire. P-J photo by Jay Young

CELORON — An “unmaintained wood stove” believed to have been surrounded by combustible material was found to be the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a village home late Monday.

The home at 44 E. Duquesne St. in Celoron was condemned following the blaze, reported to Chautauqua County dispatch shortly before 8 p.m. Celoron and Lakewood firefighters were assisted at the scene by first responders from Jamestown, Busti and Kiantone.

The wood stove was later found to be the source of the fire, the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team announced.

During firefighting efforts, 53-year-old Todd Rosendahl was taken into custody on charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief and obstructing firefighting operations. Ellicott police say Rosendahl got into an argument with a firefighter inside the home and at one point “ripped the face mask off a volunteer, damaging the equipment.”

Rosendahl is scheduled to appear in Ellicott Town Court later to answer the charges.

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