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Aug 6, 2019 12:14 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Fire Engulfs Watefront Cottage In Montauk

The Montauk Fire Department responded to a fire on 74 Firestone Road on Monday morning. KYRIL BROMLEY
Aug 6, 2019 1:52 PM

The Montauk Fire Department was dispatched to a waterfront cottage on Firestone Road that was engulfed in flames before sunrise on Monday morning.

An East Hampton Town fire marshal, Tom Baker, said on Tuesday morning that officials were “still poring through the site for evidence,” and need to interview the property owner, Domenic Cracco, to figure out the cause.

According to Mr. Baker, the property owner was in Queens at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.

A neighbor called 911 at about 2:45 a.m. after seeing flames taking over the single-story bungalow, which has a view of Fort Pond Bay.

Mr. Baker said he and a partner were dispatched shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene.

“Nothing else caught on fire,” Mr. Baker said, adding that it was still dark with little wind. “The smoke was going straight up. There was no breeze and no threat to the neighbors,” he said, adding that two other cottages sit very close by.

The cottage at 74 Firestone Road, which Mr. Baker said had building permits dating back to 1957, was unoccupied at the time of the fire, although the lawn was freshly cut.

The Montauk Fire Department contacted Amagansett’s Rapid Intervention Team in case Montauk firefighters needed help getting the fire under control. Montauk firefighters extinguished the flames and left before sunrise at around 5 a.m., Mr. Baker recalled.

“The Montauk Fire Department did a fantastic job,” he said.

The fire marshal said the cottage was “dry” and “old.” While sifting through the debris, he said, he noticed many different types of wiring in the house that would not comply with current standards, but which conformed to codes from the time they were installed.

He added that due to the age of the cottage, and the damage, it’ll be a complete teardown after the cause is determined.

“Because there was such destruction, it’s hard to put our finger on what happened,” Mr. Baker said.

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