Southampton Village Home Succumbs to Fire Saturday


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A Southampton Village house was destroyed by fire on Saturday. The call came in at about 12:30n p.m. about a fire at an 8,000-square-foot house at 50 Wyandanch Lane. It took volunteers from nine fire departments almost 10 hours to extinguish the blaze that effectively destroyed the house.

According to First Assistant Chief Chris Brenner, when Fire Chief Michael Kampf first arrived on the scene, he thought he could use a water can to knock down the flames, which at that point were restricted to the kitchen. But the fire got into the ductwork and travelled through the house, Mr. Brenner said.

Smoke from the blaze reached the intersection of Main Street and Hampton Road, he said.

Firefighters from Southampton, Westhampton, East Quogue, Hampton Bays, Flanders, North Sea, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor and East Hampton all responded to the call and “everyone did a fabulous job,” Mr. Brenner said.

The assistant chief said that one of the reasons so many departments were needed was to allow crews to be rotated.

Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and high blood pressure on Saturday.

The fire proved to be stubborn, he said, in part because the exterior of the house was stucco and the roof was made of slate. When it collapsed , it trapped pockets of fire below, he said.

The East Hampton Fire Department’s crash truck showed up and provided several hundred gallons of foam which eventually snuffed out the rest of the flames.

Although there were several people in and around the building as firefighters arrived, Mr. Brenner said none of them were injured in the fire.

“I can’t say enough about how well everyone worked together,” Mr. Brenner said. “No one person or one department was better than another, everyone just gelled.”

The house was a complete loss, he said, and the cars inside the garage were badly damaged too.

The Southampton Village Fire Marshal’s office is still investigating the cause of the fire, but it is believed to have originated in the kitchen.

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