A basement fire in a heavily wooded and secluded area was quickly extinguished by the East Hampton Fire Department on Tuesday afternoon, saving the home and limiting damage to one corner of the basement.
When fire crews arrived at about 11:40 a.m., they found smoke emanating from the right-hand side door of the home and a fully working fire in the basement of the Chatfields Lane home, off of Two Holes Of Water Road.
Within minutes, the firefighters were able to knock the fire down, according to Chief Tom Bono, and the damage was limited to the basement floor. In fact, he said, besides some smoke damage, only the walls in one corner of the basement were affected.
Making the fire a little trickier to fight, Chatfields Lane doesn’t have a fire hydrant within distance of the house, so a remote cistern of water as well as the department’s water tanker had to be utilized.
One unidentified male occupant of the house, who called the fire in to authorities, was taken by East Hampton Village Ambulance to Southampton Hospital and treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation.
The East Hampton Fire Marshalls are currently investigating the cause of the fire, but Fire Marshall Thomas Baker said the details of the blaze weren’t clear as of 3 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Baker said he hasn’t had an opportunity to interview the occupant yet to determine a cause, but added that “it doesn’t seem to be anything suspicious.”
The Sag Harbor Village Fire Department also responded to the scene with an additional water tanker, as well as the East Hampton Police Department.
“The guys did really well to make sure this was knocked down quickly,” Mr. Bono said. “It could’ve been a lot worse, out here in the woods essentially.”