According to a report on 27east, Southampton Town Fire Marshal John Rankin said that the home, which had at least 11 people living in it, did not have sufficient smoke detectors.
Rankin also told 27east that the fire probably started because of a bed that was pushed up against an electrical outlet.
On the night of the fire, officials said that during and after the fire, they were not able to quickly determine how many people were in the house when the fire broke out because of a language barrier.
Chip Bancroft, chief of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department, and Bill Dalton, third assistant chief, reported that when they arrived on scene, they assisted three people from the scene — one of which jumped from a window.
A day after the fire, Rankin estimated that there were six people in the home when flames broke-out.
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