UPDATE: Elderly Man Escapes House Fire In Flanders Monday Morning


UPDATE: 11:15 a.m.

Officials said the elderly man who was inside the home when the fire started was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead by Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance.

Southampton Town Fire Marshal John Rankin said there were flames emerging from all the windows of the home when he arrived on scene. He said it was too early to say for certain what caused the fire.

Firefighters from the Flanders, Riverhead and Hampton Bays departments responded to the scene. They used a chainsaw to cut holes in the roof in order to release smoke and lower the temperature inside the home.

Original Story:

Neighbors helped an elderly man escape his home on Monday morning in Flanders as the single-story structure went up in flames.

The Flanders Fire Department responded to the scene shortly before 10 a.m., and found smoke emanating from the Priscilla Avenue home. Joe Marshall, who lives on the block, was driving by when he noticed smoke coming out of an east facing window. Concerned, he stopped to knock on the door, and as it opened smoke billowed out. He called for any occupants and he helped one elderly man who was inside escape seemingly uninjured.

“I got up to the steps and I could hear it crackling,” he said. “I just started screaming, ‘You have to get out, you have to get out, your house is on fire!’”

The Flanders Fire Department, Riverhead Fire Department, Hampton Bays Fire Department, Flanders North Hampton Ambulance, Southampton Town Police and Southampton Town Fire Marshals all responded to the scene. The fire marshals are investigating the cause of the fire.

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