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Feb 10, 2019 1:31 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Crews Battle Fire On Dune Road In Westhampton Sunday Morning

Crews responded to a house fire on Dune Road on Sunday morning. COURTESY WESTHAMPTON BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Feb 12, 2019 3:08 PM

Firefighters battled a fire in frigid conditions at an unoccupied house on Dune Road in Westhampton during the early morning hours on Sunday.

According to a press release from the Westhampton Beach Fire Department, crews were dispatched to the scene at 5:59 a.m. and, upon arrival, found a small house fully engulfed in flames.

First Assistant Chief Mauro DiBenedetto said the home was located on Dune Road between Westhampton Beach and West Hampton Dunes, in unincorporated Westhampton.

Once the first engine arrived, the flames were knocked down within 20 minutes, and the crews spent another 20 minutes extinguishing another fire in a chimney area. Firefighters spent additional time inspecting the house for any other hidden pockets of fire within the walls or ceilings.

Southampton Town Fire Marshal Brian Willliams said on Tuesday that the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

The press release noted that the scene was complicated by slippery conditions as well as downed electrical wires in the driveway. Initially, Chief DiBenedetto said, crews believed the wires were live and took precautions. It was not determined until later that the wires were not live, he said.

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department sent two fire engines to the scene, and the Westhampton Beach Village Police Department responded with two squad cars.

Additional support was provided by the Eastport Fire Department, which sent an additional fire engine to the scene, and the East Moriches Fire Department, which provided a rapid intervention team to assist firefighters in the cold conditions.

The Quogue Fire Department remained on standby with a fire engine at the Westhampton Beach Firehouse, and the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance and Southampton Town Police assisted at the scene.

Dune Road was closed near the scene for nearly two hours and opened back up at approximately 8 a.m.

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... great photography.
By William Rodney (552), southampton on Feb 11, 19 7:03 AM
Well done to all involved.
By watchdog1 (541), Southampton on Feb 11, 19 9:45 AM
Serious question......why not just let it burn to the ground and not risk the life or limb of volunteer firepersons? It looks like a total loss anyway.
By C Law (349), Water Mill on Feb 11, 19 11:58 AM
Simple: to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby residences.
By Neely (17), Westhampton Beach on Feb 11, 19 12:46 PM
Couldn't they just spray water on nearby structures?
By C Law (349), Water Mill on Feb 11, 19 1:42 PM
that doesn't always stop a house from catching fire
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