Fire in East Hampton Village under investigation

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The cause of a fire at 33 Gingerbread Lane, a one-story house in East Hampton Village, on December 30 is still under investigation, according to Ken Collum, fire marshal for the village.

“We know it started in the master bedroom because a hole burned 
through the floor and that’s where the highest degree of damage was. Within a week or so, we should have a better idea of what we’ve got,” he said this Tuesday.

The fire, at the home of Barbara Blumberg, broke out when no one was home, but smoke from the fire killed two dogs. Ms. Blumberg’s son, Greg, who lives in the house, was at work when the fire broke out sometime after 3 p.m. When firefighters arrived at 3:50 p.m., the fire was well under way. It was “through the roof and the house was fully engulfed when we got there,” said East Hampton Fire Department Chief Gary Zay. By the time firefighters were finished battling the blaze, the interior and exterior of the house had been destroyed, he said.

The small dogs were found in a bedroom and in a bathroom of the house shortly after firefighters arrived, Chief Zay said.

Eighty-one firefighters responded to the scene, including members of the East Hampton Fire Department and a rapid intervention team from the Sag Harbor Fire Department. A crew from the Springs Fire Department also came with a truck.

In all, seven firefighting vehicles were at the scene, including two engines, a tanker, a hose truck, a pumper, a ladder truck and a truck from the Village Police Department.

When firefighters first arrived, only one truck was able to navigate the narrow driveway to the house, Chief Zay said. The other vehicles had to be parked in the driveway of the adjacent Village Town Houses. Water was pumped from two fire hydrants, on Race Lane and Gingerbread Lane.

While firefighters fought the fire, traffic was blocked at Gingerbread Lane and King Street and Gingerbread Lane and Maidstone Avenue intersections.

KATY GURLEY

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