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Jan 9, 2018 12:43 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Fire Causes Minor Damage At East Hampton Indoor Tennis Tuesday Morning

Firefighters extinguish a fire at the East Hampton Indoor Tennis facility on Daniels Hole Road early Tuesday morning. COURTESY MICHAEL HELLER
Jan 9, 2018 1:05 PM

East Hampton Indoor Tennis had a small indoor fire early Tuesday morning.

According to East Hampton Town Assistant Chief Fire Marshal Thomas Baker, the fire was started after gas from a broken gas line outside the indoor tennis facility on Daniels Hole Road seeped into a utility room and reached a water heater. Mr. Baker said that the room did not fill up entirely with gas, but that there was enough gas next to the water heater to cause a minor explosion. The fire caused damage to the interior side of the roof, along with a reception area at the entrance of the building and a women’s locker room to the right of the entrance.

Responding to an automatic alarm at about 1:05 a.m., Mr. Baker said, volunteers extinguished the fire at around 3:39 a.m. with no injuries reported and no serious damage.

Mr. Baker added that he spoke to the facility’s owner, Scott Rubenstein, who told him that he planned to bring in an electrician to try to isolate the damaged areas and reopen as soon as possible. Mr. Rubenstein has been overseeing the addition of a bowling alley, sports bar and miniature golf course to the indoor facility that is scheduled to open in February.

Mr. Rubenstein could not immediately be reached for comment, but on Tuesday the website of East Hampton Indoor Tennis said the facility would be closed “for a few days due to a small fire.”

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The original call came in at 1:05am but wasn't extinguished until 3:39am - more than 2.5 hours later but it's described as "minor"?
By Rich Morey (331), East Hampton on Jan 9, 18 10:35 PM