The Southampton Town Fire Marshal’s office has filed several citations against the owner of a North Sea Road property where a small fire was extinguished on Monday afternoon.
According to Fire Marshal John Rankin, the cause of the fire in the upstairs of 364 North Sea Road is still under investigation, but nothing has been ruled out.
“The fire is still under investigation at this point,” he said. “It is undetermined at this time as to the cause.”
On Monday afternoon, Southampton Fire Chief Dennis Roy said the call came in at 2:52 p.m. from someone walking past the house who saw smoke. Firefighters were on scene in under 3 minutes. Initially, first responders found two upstairs bedrooms filled with smoke, and a third, locked bedroom with smoke emanating from under the door. Firefighters broke down the door, and found a bunk bed fully engulfed in flames, with the fire spreading to a nearby closet.
The blaze was extinguished in approximately 10 minutes, Chief Roy said. No injuries were reported.
According to Mr. Rankin, appearance tickets were issued to the property owner and one of the tenants for failing to have functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the residence and for several unspecified property maintenance issues.
On Tuesday, Mr. Rankin said those cited will most likely face fines, and are scheduled to appear at Southampton Town Justice Court in early December. Ultimately, a judge will have final say over the punishment.
There was no structural damage to the house as a result of the fire, but the house is uninhabitable due to smoke damage. There was no one home during the fire, officials said.
Firefighters remained at the scene to air out the residence, and cut a small hole in the upstairs floor to drain roughly three inches of water that accumulated while fighting the fire.
The Southampton Fire Department, Southampton Volunteer Ambulance, and Southampton Town Police all responded to the scene.