Six Departments Fight Water Mill House Fire Wednesday


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

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. 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.

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