Fire Engulfs Hampton Bays Marina


A blaze in a storage shed at Jackson’s Marina in Hampton Bays was extinguished by the Hampton Bays Fire Department last Thursday afternoon, minutes after it started, though one employee had to be treated for injuries, according to fire officials.?An employee of the marina, who attempted to put out the flames before firefighters arrived, had to be treated for smoke inhalation. Ben Walker, a 31-year-old Hampton Bays man who works as a mechanic at the Teepee Street marina, was treated at Southampton Hospital for his injuries and released later the same day.?”The smoke inhalation kind of ruined my day, but I’m fine,” Mr. Walker said on Friday. “There’s a big mess in the shop now, but we have the best of everything in terms of insurance.?”I have no clue how it started, but I tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher,” he continued. “Maybe it was an electrical fire.”?There were no other injuries as a result of the blaze, according to fire officials.?The blaze, which began just before noon, was contained to a storage shed, a 12-by-20-foot room that is one of five buildings located at the marina. Charlie Jackson, another worker at the marina, said the fire destroyed some of the marina’s equipment, including tools, computers and motors.?John Tedesco, assistant chief of the Hampton Bays Fire Department, said the fire destroyed the inside of the shed and heat from the flames damaged adjacent rooms. He noted that the cause of the blaze is still under investigation by the Southampton Town Fire Marshal.?The Hampton Bays Fire Department, which responded to the alarm with 47 volunteers and two fire engines, a utility truck and fire police, had the blaze under control within 20 minutes, Mr. Tedesco said. He went on to say that firefighters were at the marina for almost 90 minutes after the blaze was extinguished to make sure that it did not reignite.?The East Quogue and Southampton fire departments covered for Hampton Bays while firefighters battled the blaze. However, the Southampton Fire Department did respond to the scene with a rapid intervention team to assist the Hampton Bays Fire Department.

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