Top Fire Stories in Westhampton-Hampton Bays in 2012

Stories about fires that happened in and around Westhampton and Hampton Bays this past year.

1. No Injuries Reported in Shore Road Blaze

A Shore Road home was partially gutted after a fire on Halloween required the aid of several fire departments, though no injured were reported from the scene.

Capt. Halsey Stevens said, "when we got there, the home was fully engulfed in flames" on the eastern section of the home.

2. Fire Breaks Out on Atlantic Avenue in Hampton Bays

Hampton Bays firefighters descended on 42 Atlantic Avenue on September 19 after a fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. Multiple fire trucks were on scene, with more arriving, as well as Southampton Town policeand Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance personnel. The Town's Fire Marshal's office reported that the fire was caused due to an AC unit.

3. Resident Escapes Fiery Dune Road Blaze

A resident of Dune Road escaped from her burning single-family home in the early hours of Aug. 22. According to Westhampton Beach Police Chief Ray Dean, a fire was reported at 398 Dune Rd. at approximately 2:03 a.m. on Wednesday morning. One 61-year-old female resident was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation but is fine, Dean said. "She was lucky," Dean said.

4. Firefighters Battle Fully Engulfed Car Fire on Sunrise Highway

Westhampton Beach volunteer firefighters arrived on Sunrise Highway on July 27 4 p.m. to a scene of a fully engulfed car fire, according to Chief Chip Bancroft.

"It was a cranking fire," said Bancroft. "The gas tank blew, the tires blew and windows were popping."

Bancroft said the car caught fire on the westbound lane of Sunrise Highway about a mile east of Speonk Riverhead Road.

5. Firefighters Extinguish Small Fire at Tiana Beach Pavilion

The pavilion at Tiana Beach will reopen on July 5. after a small fire broke out under pavilion's deck. The pavilion and concession stand was closed after the fire so damage could be assessed.

6. Firefighters Battle Basement Blaze Wednesday Night

Westhampton Beach firefighters battled a basement blaze on June 28 at 42 Homestead Ave.

The fire department, which was in on their way to a training in Yapank, was called in at about 8 p.m.

Fire officials said they arrived on scene to find the home's basement engulfed in flames and spreading to the first floor. The fire, officials said, was fully knocked down by 10 p.m. without incident.

7. Fire At Port Elizabeth Drive Home Has Been Put Out

Southampton Town Police reported that a large house fire was successfully extinguished by the Hampton Bays Fire Department at 7 Port Elizabeth Drive in Hampton Bays on May 28.

8. Fire Department Responds to Residential Fire

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 101 Oneck Lane in Westhampton Beach on Jan. 18, according to Chip Bancroft, Westhampton Beach Fire chief.

Bancroft said a call came in from the homeowner, who reported that a fire broke out near his home's electrical box.

The fire department responded within minutes — Bancroft reported that one department member was on the scene within a minute and a half.

9. Mobile Home Destroyed in Fire

A mobile home at the Hampton Bays Community Mobile Home Park off West Montauk Highway was completely destroyed in a fire on March 4. There was a middle-aged man in the home when the fire started but he got out uninjured, Hampton Bays Fire Chief John Tedesco said.

10. House Fire On Ponquogue Avenue

The Hampton Bays Fire Department and the Hampton Bays Ambulance responded to a residential blaze at 33 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays on Feb. 9, a fire virtually destroyed the estate.

The home, according to Southampton Police, had three apartments and all tenants got out safely along with their pets. One tenant, however, who escaped, did wind up back on the roof for unknown reasons.

11. Local Firefighters Recount Brush Fire; Head Home

Of the 50 volunteer fire departments called to fight the raging Long Island brush fire in Brookhaven Town, four departments were some of Westhampton-Hampton Bays bravest.

At 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, area departments helped make a final sweep of the area and started to pack up and head home after 22 hours of firefighting.

12. Hampton Bays Fire Department Responds to Shed Fire; Water Rescue

While working to evacuate residents during Hurricane Sandy, the Hampton Bays Fire Department was called a shed fire late Monday morning.

The fire, which broke out on Chevy Chase Road, was under control quickly, according to the department's Facebook Page.

Shortly after battling the blaze, the department was called to Flanders Road where cars were reported stuck in the water with occupants inside.


Nearly a week after they were called to Riverhead-Speonk Road to a mulch fire, area firefighters were again called at around 9 p.m. on April 21, to the same location of reports of a mulch/brush fire.

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