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Jul 23, 2015 5:32 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Departments Respond To House Fire In Noyac Early Thursday Evening

Firefighters work to put out a stucture fire in Noyac on Thursday afternoon. DANA SHAW
Jul 24, 2015 2:32 PM

UPDATE: Friday, 10:50 a.m.

Sag Harbor Fire Department First Assistant Chief Bruce Schiavoni clarified Friday morning that it was a house that caught fire on Peconic Avenue in Noyac Thursday evening.

Mr. Schiavoni, who said he was one of the first to respond to the scene after receiving the call about the blaze at 4:30 p.m., said the fire spread quickly all over the house. And while the actual structure is still standing, “it’s pretty much burnt to a crisp,” he said.

“By the time I was on the scene, it was fully engulfed,” Mr. Schiavoni added.

No injuries were reported, he said, as there was no one inside the house. It took about 40 minutes to extinguish the blaze, and crews left the scene around 7 p.m.

Mr. Schiavoni said an engine was called from the North Sea Fire Department when Sag Harbor responders saw how big the fire really was. The East Hampton Fire Department was called beforehand not for another engine, but for a rapid intervention team to assist Sag Harbor firefighters if needed. A RIT is a team that is used solely for the search and rescue of other firefighters in distress.

“We didn’t know until I got on scene how involved it was,” he said. “We needed the engine and manpower from” North Sea.

The Bridgehampton Fire Department was called in to standby at Sag Harbor’s firehouse on Brick Kiln Road.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Original Story

Several fire departments were at the scene of a structure fire on Peconic Avenue in Noyac early Thursday evening.

According to a communications duty officer with the East Hampton Fire Department, that agency was assisting the Sag Harbor Fire Department in extinguishing the blaze. East Hampton was called in 4:34 p.m., the officer said.

While the officer was unable to report any injuries, he said that the Sag Harbor, East Hampton Village and Southampton volunteer ambulance companies were called to the scene.

The Bridgehampton Fire Department was standing by at Sag Harbor’s firehouse on Brick Kiln Road. The North Sea Fire Department was also called in for assistance.

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Why was North Sea on standby? They are much closer to the fire than Southampton. As well as Bridgehampton vs East Hampton. It would be quicker than the other two but God bless that their was enough volunteers ready and willing to help.
By lulu631 (7), Sag Harbor on Jul 23, 15 7:24 PM
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Why do these news items always leave questions? "Structure" fire? What kind? House? House under construction? Building use?
And yes, why was the closest department only on standby? And why were departments from such a distance called in?
By June Bug (2333), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 23, 15 10:13 PM
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Saw the black smoke plume from Peconic Bay. Fire was put out quickly. This article only gives information gleaned from a police radio scanner. No actual reporting reflected here.
By bol300p (2), East Hampton on Jul 24, 15 10:01 AM
First off, North Sea was called in NOT for standby, but for assistance, they sent a truck. East Hampton is the only other department that has a RIT team. That is the only reason they were called to assist, in case a firefighter is injured or in distress. Bridgehampton is the next closest dept at that point to standby, should there be another fire in Sag Harbor's district. Thank god for our volunteers and everyone came home to their families safely. They did and do an amazing job for our community.
By saggirl73 (3), sag harbor on Jul 24, 15 11:38 AM
southampton has RIT ... and is closer than east hampton. going to take a ff getting hurt or worse, inter department politics calling friends over neighbors before anything changes
By JMKG228 (12), Southampton on Jul 24, 15 1:49 PM
Southampton FD is busy enough responding to motor vehicle accidents on County Road 39.
By foodwhiner (134), Southampton on Jul 24, 15 2:39 PM
Its time to eliminate all volunteer depts and establish a Town fire department. All assets, tax revenues, buildings and equipment turned over to the town. Hire the volunteers as paid full and part time employees. No more inter-department bickering like teenage girls, no more lavish spending, hidden accounts, secret projects; won't have to "thank God" there were enough people to respond to a fire as they would be on a schedule standing by AT THE FIREHOUSE. Eliminate the hundreds of commissioners ...more
By PoliticallyIncorrect (45), earth on Jul 25, 15 7:20 AM