A summer house on Dune Road in Westhampton Beach was engulfed by a smoky fire, causing extensive damage and sending one firefighter to the hospital, last Wednesday, May 7, according to Westhampton Beach Village Police.
Police said that the owner was in Florida and no one was at the home at 345 Dune Road at the time of the fire. Police said the owner returned to Westhampton Beach the day after the fire.
According to a press release from the Westhampton Beach Fire Department, firefighters had a difficult time locating and extinguishing the fire, which was contained inside the walls of the house. The release stated that when firefighters arrived at the house at 8:41 p.m., they were confronted with plumes of heavy smoke rolling out the windows and from the roof.
“We had to tear down the Sheetrock of the walls to get to the fire,” said Fred Bauer, the public information officer for the Westhampton Beach Fire Department. “We used a thermal imaging camera to locate the fire within the walls of the house.”
The cause of the fire is unknown, but firefighters determined that the blaze started at the house’s ground level.
In addition to the Westhampton Beach Fire Department, Eastport, Quogue, East Quogue, Hampton Bays and Riverhead fire departments were on the scene, as was the Air National Guard from Gabreski Airport. Firefighters from the Flanders Fire Department stood by at the Westhampton Beach firehouse.
There were about 100 firefighters at the scene, and the fire was under control by 12:30 a.m.
The Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance stood by at the scene and took one firefighter to Peconic Bay Medical Center for smoke inhalation. Mr. Bauer said he did not know which fire department the man was from.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Southampton Town Fire Marshal’s office. The fire marshal handling the case, Brian Williams, could not be reached for comment.