Flames had already overtaken the house on Hedges Banks Drive when firefighters were called on Thursday.
Smoke from the fire on Hedges Banks Road could be seen from near Camp Blue Bay.David E. Rattray
Smoke was billowing out of the house.
The smoke, as seen from the beach.

Montauk is the biggest jewel in the South Fork’s tiara
Throughout the fall of 2014, the interns and their Third House teachers have been working collaboratively on understanding the ecology of Big Reed Pond. This year's interns are, left to right, Makenzie Scheerer, Madison Aldrich, Hannah Vogel, and Travis Santiago.
Environmentalism and nature lovers are rampant in Montauk.Victoria Bustamante

Scores of species could be gone by 2025
Piping plovers, like this one that nested near Main Beach in East Hampton, are among the 186 species considered most at risk of extinction in New York State in a new report. The East Hampton Star

Jewish Center of the Hamptons group in Havana as news broke in December
In Cienfuegos, Cuba, last week, visitors from East Hampton were sought out by Cubans excited about the news. Augie Schultz
In an unusual occurrence, Cubans saw President Obama on TV on a split-screen with their president, Raul Castro, when the news broke of a thaw in official relations between the two countries. Steve Wiener

Move to Town Hall could signal detente

An accidental path to physician assistant
Ken Dodge will retire after 41 years as a physician assistant, wrapping up a career during which he cared for more than a generation’s worth of East Hampton residents and visitors. Carissa Katz

A Cooper's hawk died while it was stuck in a tree during a rescue mission Monday night that involved wildlife rescue volunteers, police, and firefighters. Kelly Gang
The Southampton Fire Department's ladder truck at work to get the hawk free from a tree.Kelly Gang
The hawk died before rescuers could get to it in the tree.Kelly Gang

David Osiecki, seen here after he was arraigned on arson charges in Southampton Town Justice Court on April 20, is now facing a second indictment in a separate arson case. T.E. McMorrow

East Hampton Fire Department Assistant Chief Ken Wessberg Jr. and East Hampton Village Police Officer Chris Jack examined the remnants of a fire inside the garage at 29 Pondview Lane in East Hampton on Monday. Michael Heller/East Hampton Fire Department
Morgan McGivern