The Southampton Inn opened its doors to the two women who were left homeless following a house fire last weekend in North Sea.
The women, Roslyn Anderson and Barbara Thomas, have been staying at the inn since Tuesday, and will be allowed to remain there while they look for more permanent housing, according to Southampton Inn owner Dede Gotthelf.
“It was not much of a decision,” Ms. Gotthelf said on Friday. “We have some availability, and these are our neighbors, members of our community.”
According to Mary Ann Tupper, the director of the Human Resources of the Hamptons, the community has stepped up to help Ms. Anderson, Ms. Thomas and Don Medler, a third tenant who was also left homeless by the fire. The trio are also being helped by the Human Resources Heart of the Hamptons, a local charitable organization. According to Ms. Tupper, Mr. Medler is not staying at the Southampton Inn, but is staying locally with family.
Anyone wishing to help can send all donations to 168 Hill Street, Southampton, and earmark the donation for Ms. Anderson, Ms. Thomas and Mr. Medler.
Although no injuries were reported as a result of the fire above Gary and Charles Knoebel Electric Inc. on Mary’s Lane on October 5, the intensity of the blaze forced firefighters to evacuate several apartments in neighboring buildings. After approximately 45 minutes, the fire, which was called in to the North Sea Fire Department at 10:30 p.m., was considered under control, although firefighters remained on the scene until 2:30 a.m., Southampton Town Fire Marshal John Rankin said this week.
The fire broke out at 10:28 p.m., and the North Sea, Southampton, Hampton Bays, Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton fire departments all responded. This week, North Sea Fire Chief William Rosko said he was proud of his volunteers and grateful for the help from the other departments, noting that the fire could have been much worse if it had spread.
Ms. Anderson, who is a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton, said her immediate concern is finding a two-bedroom apartment for herself and her son. Ms. Thomas is looking for a one-bedroom apartment.
If anyone knows of any apartments that are available, or has clothes, furniture or food to donate, they can reach Ms. Anderson at 793-3636 and Ms. Thomas at 374-5642.