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Sep 13, 2018 11:43 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Blue Duck Bakery Cafe In Southampton Temporarily Closed Due To Electrical Damage

The Southampton Fire Department responded to the Blue Duck Bakery this morning after a report of smoke in the building.
Sep 13, 2018 11:04 PM

UPDATE: 4:10 p.m.

Keith Kouris, the co-owner of Blue Duck Bakery Cafe, said on Thursday afternoon that the cafe was closed as a result of the damage to the building's electrical system after Thursday's fire.

According to Mr. Kouris, the building was "temporarily condemned" by the Southampton Village Building Department after one of the building's electrical meters in the basement melted from the fire. Mr. Kouris said the building cannot reopen until the meter is replaced and re-inspected, and the building's electrician told Mr. Kouris that it could take days to fix.

Days away from closing down the bakery for good, Mr. Kouris noted the strange coincidence that just four days after the bakery first opened in 1999, a fire started in the bread oven.

"The fact that we're trying to go out and on the last weekend another fire happens, it's just weird," Mr. Kouris said.


Firefighters extinguished a small fire at the Blue Duck Bakery Cafe in Southampton on Thursday morning.

According to Southampton Fire Department Treasurer Donald King, firefighters were called to the Hampton Road bakery at 10:53 a.m. Thursday morning.

First Assistant Chief Anthony Stevens said at the scene that firefighters were still investigating the fire and that it may have been caused by an issue with the electric system.

Mr. Stevens said that power was turned off at the bakery, but not all of Hampton Road. Businesses including Sip ‘N Soda, AT&T, Aboff’s Paints and Starbucks all lost power around the same time as the cafe did. Other storefronts on that block including Southampton Books, White’s Apothecary and Citarella still had power at the time of the fire.

Keith Kouris, co-owner of Blue Duck Bakery Cafe, said at the scene that he believes the fire was caused by a malfunction with the building’s electrical panel in the basement. Smoke started to come from the basement and caused employees to evacuate the building.

Police and firefighters temporarily blocked off the section of Hampton Road, but it has since re-opened.

The fire occurred two days before Blue Duck is slated to close its Southampton location. A celebration coinciding with National Bakery Day is planned on Friday, September 14, at the bakery at 30 Hampton Road.

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