Firefighters from eight departments spent several hours battling a blaze that destroyed a large house at the end of a long, private road in East Hampton Village on Wednesday afternoon.
A call came in at approximately 2:35 p.m. that there was a fire at the house at 57 West End Road. According to firefighters at the scene, the roof had already collapsed by the time the first fire truck arrived.
Eight fire departments from Montauk to Hampton Bays provided tankers and helped to fight the flames alongside members of the East Hampton Fire Department. While firefighters were trying to control the flames near Georgica, members of the North Sea fire department, who were standing by at the East Hampton Emergency Services Building, responded to a small plane crash at the East Hampton Airport. The lone passenger of the aircraft reportedly walked away unhurt.
Fire chiefs were still on the scene at West End Road at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, as excavators from Keith Grimes were removing debris from the scene.