A small roof fire broke out at La Parmigiana, an Italian restaurant in Southampton Village, last Thursday night, March 14, but was extinguished within minutes and no one was injured, Southampton Fire Department 2nd Assistant Chief Chris Brenner said.
Firefighters were called to the Hampton Road eatery at 6:41 p.m. and found a small section of the roof had caught fire, he said. One of the business owners used a dry chemical extinguisher to help knock it down before firefighters doused it with water cans.
The fire did not spread to other parts of the building, and the business reopened within 30 minutes.
Chief Brenner declined to speculate on a cause, saying that it is under investigation by the Southampton Village fire marshal’s office, but noted that roofing work was being done earlier in the day.
The fire marshal investigating the case was unavailable for comment this week.
Because the Southampton firefighters were still at La Parmigiana when a small oven fire—a small pan of grease on fire on a stove—broke out in the Hillcrest neighborhood of the village, the North Sea Fire Department responded to that scene.
Bridgehampton firefighters stood by at Southampton’s firehouse, and Hampton Bays—whose rapid intervention team was originally called to the roof fire—was called off.