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Apr 27, 2016 4:48 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Stop And Shop In East Hampton Village Reopens Wednesday Evening After Fire

A fire broke out in the generator room of East Hampton's Stop and Shop on Newtown Lane. KYRIL BROMLEY
Apr 28, 2016 1:55 PM

UPDATE: 10 p.m.

Stop and Shop reopened at approximately 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening following an earlier fire, a store representative confirmed.

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m.

Stop and Shop will remained closed to the public until they are given approval to reopen by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, said Chief Osterberg.

Although damage from a fire Wednesday afternoon was contained to the generator room, he said there was light smoke emission into the store and the Department of Agriculture and Markets was notified of possible food contamination.

PSEG was initially notified of the fire, but were later called off after it was determined that the power didn't need to be shut off.

Chief Osterberg said the fire was mostly contained by the sprinkler system that was activated by the smoke.

The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by the East Hampton Village Fire Marshal.

ORIGINAL STORY

Customers and workers were evacuated from the Stop and Shop in East Hampton Village on Wednesday afternoon after a fire broke out in the supermarket’s compressor room.

Emergency crews from the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the scene at 67 Newtown Lane in East Hampton Village at approximately 3:45 p.m. to put out the fire in the room that houses the supermarket’s generator, said East Hampton Fire Department Chief Richard Osterberg Jr.

The department was called after smoke was spotted in the back of the building next to the Reutershan parking lot.

East Hampton Village Ambulance and the Amagansett Fire Department’s Rapid Intervention Team also responded to the scene, but no injuries were reported.

“I don’t think anyone was in the room. We just started smelling smoke,” said Corey Hooks, a butcher who was working at the store at the time the fire broke out. “The store is empty. We’re just waiting for them to give us notice to go back in,” he said.

Newtown Lane was closed at the intersection of Osborne Lane, where fire officials directed vehicles onto the side street.



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