Firefighters from six different fire departments battled a blaze at the main house at the Creeks, the East Hampton estate of billionaire businessman Ronald Perelman and his family, on Friday night.
According to Second Assistant Fire Chief Brian Stanis of the East Hampton Town Fire Department, a call was received from estate staff shortly before 10 p.m. for a fire that had broken out in the attic. The exact cause is still under investigation, he said.
By the time firefighters arrived, everyone in the house had already evacuated, giving crews the ability to begin extinguishing the fire immediately.
“We went into an interior attack that had a great effect on saving a good majority of the structure,” Chief Stanis said.
He said the house is a traditional wood-frame structure with a stucco exterior and terracotta and copper roof. “It posed a little more of a challenge than a traditional structure, but we were able to overcome that,” Chief Stanis said.
About 125 firefighters from departments in East Hampton Town, East Hampton Village, Amagansett, Sag Harbor, Springs and Southampton responded to the fire. The Montauk Fire Department stood by at East Hampton headquarters, ready to respond in case of other incidents. The guts of the blaze were extinguished in about 45 minutes and crews spent about two more hours putting out hot spots until about midnight, Chief Stanis said.
No injuries were reported, and Montauk Highway was closed in the vicinity of the Creeks for some time.
Josh Vlasto, a spokesman for Mr. Perelman, said in a statement Mr. Perelman, his wife Anna Chapman and the rest of their family were not home at the time of the fire.
“On behalf of Ronald and Anna, we want to thank all the brave local firefighters and police for their extraordinary response,” Mr. Vlasto said.