More than 100 firefighters extinguished a hefty blaze in a vacant home in Bridgehampton early Sunday morning. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
According to Bridgehampton Fire Chief Gary Horsburgh, a lightning strike may have started the fire in the basement of 10 Bridge Hill Lane, off Brick Kiln Road, in the hamlet. Chief Horsburgh said the department received the call at 1:41 a.m. Sunday morning and responders arrived on the scene by 1:53 a.m. But because of the heat and humidity, Mr. Horsburgh said the flames were hard to control, causing the fire to grow and spread quickly.
The department sought help from the Southampton, North Sea, Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Springs and Hampton Bays fire departments, and about 110 firefighters tackled the blaze in roughly four hours.
“It was burning pretty good down there. It burnt through the ceiling of the basement,” Mr. Horsburgh said.
While no one was home at the time, nor did anyone get hurt putting it out, the fire tore through most of the western portion of the house, destroying the basement and damaging the kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom. The eastern side of the house remained in good shape, Mr. Horsburgh said.
A report from the fire marshal’s office is expected be issued this week detailing the exact cause of the blaze, the chief said.