Update: Firefighters Battle Water Mill House Fire For Six Hours


Update: Wednesday, 12 p.m.

Firefighters from six departments spent about six hours battling a stubborn second-story house fire caused by lightning on Wednesday.

The North Sea, Southampton, Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor fire departments responded after a call came in to Southampton’s dispatch at 1:48 p.m. The blaze was knocked down soon afterward, but at about 3:30 p.m., East Hampton and Amagansett volunteers and equipment were called in to help extinguish what was left. The Southampton Ambulance also stood at hand, though there were no injuries.

Firefighters wrapped up at the house, on Woodthrush Lane, at about 8 p.m.

According to Southampton Fire Chief Dennis Roy, a portion of the fire between the ceiling and roof proved to be troublesome. The tongue-and-groove ceiling was high and tightly constructed, making the spot hard to reach from inside the house, and the roof was wet and steep, making it difficult to reach from outside. Getting an aerial boom truck to the scene was problematic because the driveway was long and winding, and there were trees in the way,. Working in rotation, firefighters sprayed water while wearing air packs for hours, and at about 6 p.m. a decision was made to bring in Southampton’s aerial boom from Southampton.

Getting to the fire scene was also problematic on Wednesday, as several roads, including Deerfield Road in Water Mill, were at least partially flooded.

Update: 4:10 p.m.

The East Hampton and Amagansett Fire Departments were called to assist in the Water Mill fire shortly before 4 p.m., according to East Hampton officials.

The fire was said to be under control at about 3:30 p.m., but difficult to extinguish completely, as there was no room for an aerial truck and the roof was slippery and steep.

Original story

Lightning struck a house on Woodthrush Lane in Water Mill on Tuesday, igniting the second floor. As of about 2:45 p.m., firefighters from several departments were in the process of knocking down the fire, which was called in to Southampton Village dispatchers at 1:48 p.m.

Volunteers from the Sag Harbor, North Sea, Southampton and Bridgehampton Fire Departments responded, as did a Southampton Ambulance. No injuries were reported.

Getting to the fire was problematic as several roads, including Deerfield Road in Water Mill, were at least partially flooded.

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