East Quogue Family Displaced Following House Fire

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A fire broke out in an East Quogue home Saturday that sent flames up through the roof of the house and left a local family displaced for Christmas.

The East Quogue Fire Department was dispatched to the house on Spinney Road at about 9 p.m., Fire Chief Bill Potter said on Monday, and had the main part of the blaze extinguished within about 15 minutes. The post-fire overhaul, which includes dousing the house to prevent a secondary fire, took an additional hour or so.

“The damage was mostly contained to the kitchen, dining room and attic areas but it was pretty extensive,” Chief Potter said.

Southampton Town Fire Marshal John Rankin said the exact cause has not been determined, but that the fire began behind a fireplace. He said the fire also could have been electrical in nature, but that it is still under investigation.

The damage has left the home uninhabitable for the time being, leaving the Duffy family temporarily displaced, East Quogue Elementary School Principal Robert Long said.

Mr. Long and other community member held a small fundraiser at the school on Monday afternoon at which cash donations were collected. He said many turned out to help the family, who are currently staying with another family in East Quogue.

The Duffys, who have two children enrolled at East Quogue Elementary, have insurance that will help cover some of the damage, but anyone interested in donating to assist them is encouraged to contact the school, Mr. Long said.

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