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Sep 1, 2017 12:44 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Clamman Orders To Be Fulfilled Regardless Of Fire Setback

A fire damaged the Clamman Seafood Shop in Southampton Village late Thursday night. Michael Wright
Sep 8, 2017 3:09 PM

UPDATE: Friday, 11:25 a.m.

Clamman Seafood Market owner Jean MacKenzie Koster said on Friday morning that her team plans to fulfill every lobster dinner and platter order they have received, regardless of the fire damage sustained to the shop on Thursday night.

In order to complete those order, Ms. MacKenzie Koster said her team will utilize the Seasons of Southampton kitchen, another business run by her, right around the corner.

She also said a retail fish market will be erected in front of the Clamman building at 235A North Sea Road in Southampton Village.

Ms. Mackenzie Koster said the timing of the fire could not have been worse; right before the last big weekend of the summer. But, she is optimistic that her business will be fine.

Don King, the Southampton Fire Department's public information officer, said a caller reported at 10:20 p.m. that flames were seen coming from the back of the Clamman shop, and crews responded within seven minutes.

The fire, Mr. King said, was contained to the back of the building.

Mr. King said between the Southampton Fire Department and North Sea Fire Department, 10 trucks and 55 personnel were on the scene. The Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance was also at the scene to assist with firefighter rehabilitation. Mr. King said no injuries were reported.

“We’re very fortunate that nobody got hurt,” Ms. MacKenzie Koster said. “I feel like I have a lot of community support.”


Fire damaged the venerable Clamman Seafood Shop in Southampton Village shop late Thursday night.

The fire at the North Sea Road business was reported at about 10:40 p.m. Firefighters from the Southampton Fire Department responded to the scene and had doused the flames by 11:30. Some firefighters then set about helping the shops owner Jean MacKenzie Koster and staff evacuate hundreds of live lobsters from the building.

Village Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of the fire, which appeared to have started in the rear of the building.

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Does anyone else see the irony of rescuing hundreds of lobsters so they can be boiled alive and eaten? Glad the Clamman survived though--it's not only "an institution" but a great seafood shop. Good work Southampton Fire!
By Capt. Phil (59), Southampton on Sep 1, 17 9:16 AM
No irony at all -- unless you'e a vegan or a member of PeTA. The lobsters were at the store to be sold, not as pets, but as food! Sheesh!

By Frank Wheeler (1783), Northampton on Sep 1, 17 6:36 PM
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She gets more for them when they are already cooked....
By even flow (626), East Hampton on Sep 2, 17 8:30 AM
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Lobsters rescued only to be eaten at a later point...Kinda weird headline????
By lursagirl (172), southampton on Sep 1, 17 9:38 AM
Smoked fish anyone?...

Good to hear they are back on their feet so quickly on such an important weekend!

I will try to buy fish there this week-end.
By Toma Noku (607), Southampton on Sep 1, 17 11:39 AM
Paul would be proud of his Family .
By pw herman (927), southampton on Sep 1, 17 6:14 PM
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you go jean always have been a proactive woman who has faced many heartbreaking events. always shop there when in southampton. great seafood
By xtiego (629), bridgehampton on Sep 1, 17 6:25 PM
beware the baked clams-hit or miss
By BrianWilliams (34), on Sep 4, 17 12:18 PM
You gotta try the new smoked lobster.
By even flow (626), East Hampton on Sep 2, 17 8:30 AM
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