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Mar 11, 2009 1:40 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Fire destroys North Sea home

Mar 11, 2009 1:40 PM

Fire gutted a house at 22 Cove Road in North Sea beyond repair Wednesday afternoon, March 5, according to fire officials. The cause of the blaze is unknown.

The North Sea Fire Department was called to the scene at 3:45 p.m. When firefighters arrived, flames were coming out of every window and a plume of smoke was spreading through the neighborhood, 2nd Assistant Fire Chief William Rosko Jr. said Thursday. No one was home at the time.

“The fire gutted the whole residence,” Mr. Rosko said. “It’s gonna be a knockdown.”

Southampton Town Fire Marshal Brian Williams said it appears the fire began in the living room, but the cause is undetermined and evidence is scarce. “A lot of it was consumed in the fire,” he said.

According to town land records, the house, which was for sale, belonged to Concetta Gray. The single tenant who was living in the two-bedroom cottage was at work when the fire started, Mr. Williams said.

The fire marshal said he does not know how long the fire was burning before a passing motorist finally noticed it and called it in to 911. “It could have been going a while,” Mr. Williams said. “It’s pretty hard to tell now.”

The electrical lines to the house burned before fire crews arrived and were arcing in the snow when they got there, Mr. Rosko said.

There were approximately 50 volunteers on scene between the fire departments and the Southampton Town Ambulance, Mr. Rosko said. The ambulance members stood by in case they were needed, but there were no injuries reported, he said.

Sag Harbor firemen also stood by at North Sea’s substation on Noyac Road.

North Sea requested that Southampton Fire Department send a rapid intervention team—a team of firefighters trained to rescue a fellow firefighter trapped in a burning building—to stand by, but it was called off en route, Mr. Rosko said. When the firefighters on scene changed their strategy from fighting the fire from the interior of the house to attacking it from the outside, the team was no longer needed, he said. They switched to an exterior attack when it was determined that the house was too far gone to risk an interior approach.

The fire department used three pumper trucks of its own and a fourth called in from Southampton Fire Department to put down the flames, Mr. Rosko said.

“The fire was under control within 30 minutes of dispatch,” and the event was over by 6:30 p.m., he said.

The assistant chief noted that the Cove Road fire was North Sea’s third structure fire in just four months. That is uncommon for the department, which normally has only one or two structure fires each year, he said.

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An interesting # of fires in the Hamptons lately.
By LM (35), riverhead on Mar 6, 09 8:21 AM
No foundation lost to date. ;)

By WHBYankee (17), Westhampton Beach on Mar 6, 09 9:13 AM
WHB, laughed out loud- thank you!! :)
By LM (35), riverhead on Mar 8, 09 10:36 PM