The two mobilized quickly. It was Wendy Butler who was awakened first by the smoke detector, recalled her husband, Charlie, a secretary and treasurer for the Bridgehampton Fire District, on Monday.
Mr. Butler said he could see smoke but he couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. He went in search of a fire extinguisher—there was one in the garage, another near the kitchen sink—and Ms. Butler began moving the cars out of harm’s way. Mr. Butler got their two golden retrievers, Slater and Willow, out of the home.
“That was pretty much it,” a still-in-shock Mr. Butler said in a telephone interview on Monday. “Sat back and watched it... more