Fire Engulfs Westhampton Home Wednesday Morning


Westhampton Beach firefighters doused a fire that partially engulfed a home on Tanners Neck Lane in Westhampton shortly after 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

Officials said the home was being renovated and was unoccupied at the time. There were no injuries reported.

The fire burned a hole in the roof, which allowed toxic smoke to exit the structure, increasing visibility inside the house and reducing the temperature, according to Westhampton Beach Fire Chief John “Chip” Bancroft. The fire was brought under control within two hours.

Third Assistant Chief Billy Dalton said the home, a Cape Cod, was extensively damaged, but the fire was contained and did not threaten neighboring properties.

He added that the time of day aided the firefighters, since many were home at the time and were able to quickly respond. The Westhampton Beach Fire Department sent two engines, a ladder truck, a tanker truck and a heavy rescue vehicle to the scene. The Quogue and Eastport fire departments also responded to the blaze, as did the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance. The responders were at the scene for about two hours, officials said.

Southampton Town fire marshals are investigating the cause.

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