Firefighters quickly knocked down a fire that started inside the utility room of a Remsenburg home last Thursday morning, September 4.
Eastport firefighters were called to 3 Bayberry Lane at around 11 a.m. after receiving calls about a working structure fire. The blaze was under control within minutes of the arrival of firefighters, according to Eastport Fire Department 2nd Assistant Chief Michael Tortorice.
“There was a lot of black smoke,” said Mr. Tortorice, who was in charge of the scene and later added that damage inside the home was minor.
He explained that the cause appears to be electrical in nature, noting that the fire started in the house’s utility room, which is just off the garage.
Alfred Tyczkowski, the Southampton Town fire marshal who responded to the scene, said afterward that it appears that a contractor installing drainage piping across the street, near an unfinished home, accidentally severed a power cable, which caused a surge and ignited the blaze in the other house.
Diana Blustain, who has owned her house on Bayberry Lane for the past 15 years, said she was home alone when she smelled smoke shortly before 11 a.m. on September 4. After searching her home’s crawlspace, she said she opened the garage door and then the door to the utility room, where she was met with a wall of smoke. She immediately called 911.
“I smelled a little smoke, but at first I couldn’t find [the source],” Ms. Blustain said while observing firefighters from both Eastport and Westhampton Beach, the latter of whom were called in as mutual aid, working the scene.
At the time, Ms. Blustain noted that officials had told her that workers across the street might have struck a power line and caused a surge that ignited the blaze. “Ever since Hurricane Sandy, you cannot help but wonder what is happening with the electrical lines,” Ms. Blustain said, explaining that her waterfront home was damaged in the 2012 storm.
She also said she was grateful to those who responded to the alarm. “These people are great,” she said while drinking from a bottle of water given to her by an EMT. “They’re all converging to help me, and I cannot thank them enough.”
In addition to the mutual aid from Westhampton Beach, Chief Tortorice said he requested a truck from the East Moriches Fire Department, which he later canceled, while the Manorville Fire Department covered Eastport’s headquarters during the call.