Chimney fire blamed for over $1.7 million damage to Clarence house

Scene of rekindled house fire on Timberlake Drive, Clarence NY, April 23, 2016

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Friday night fire in a Clarence house caused $600,000 in damage, but more damage resulted from the fire rekindling the next morning, according to the Clarence Fire Company.

The fire started in a chimney in the home on Timberlake Drive, and caused $300,000 in damage to the building along with $300,000 to the contents, according to Jeff Schlabach, Chief, Clarence Fire District #1.

Hours after it was put out, the fire rekindled, causing more damage. After it was put out again, the total damage estimates were increased to $1 million to the house, and $750,000 to the contents.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating to determine the cause of the fire. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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