Firefighters Knock Down Blaze in Springs

The front of 52 Cedar Drive is completely charred. Michael Heller/East Hampton Fire Department

Update, 8 p.m.: The Springs Fire Department quickly extinguished a fire that was believed to have started on the oustide of a house, Chief Ben Miller said Tuesday evening.

A neighbor reported flames around the door of the house at 52 Cedar Drive, between Locust Drive and Dogwood Drive, in Springs at 5:46 p.m., according to the chief.  The fire, which he said started to the left of the front door, had already traveled up the side of the house and into the eaves, burning through the attic. 

"We knocked it down in 15 minutes, and the rest was overhaul," Chief Miller said, adding that they used a nearby hydrant. "We made a good stop." 

However, the house is not livable at this time, the chief said. Most of the front wall was burnt, and basement stair wells were badly damaged, and part of the roof collapsed on the one-story, two-bedroom house. The rest of the house sustained smoke damage, he said. 

The East Hampton Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause, though Chief Miller said he does not believe it is suspicious. 

The East Hampton Fire Department's rapid intervention team also responded to assist. In total, there were about 35 volunteers at the fire. 

Just a few minutes after the first arriving chief confirmed the house was ablaze, an accident was reported elsewhere in the fire district. Since the Springs Fire Department's fleet was responding to the fire, Chief Miller immediately asked the East Hampton Fire Department and East Hampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Association to respond to the intersection of Holly Oak Avenue and Church Lane. Chief Miller said an assistant captain who lives in the area passed by the two-car accident on his way to the fire. 

Update, 6:40 p.m.: The fire at a house on Cedar Drive in Springs has been extinguished, and firefighters are packing up after searching for any pockets of flames.

Chiefs have released the Amagansett Fire Department from standing by at its headquarters. 

Check back for more details on the blaze when it becomes available.

Original, 6:10 p.m.: Firefighters are battling a house fire in Springs on Tuesday evening.

The fire was initially reported to 911 dispatchers as flames were shooting through the front door at 52 Cedar Drive at 5:46 p.m.

Just minutes after a Springs Fire Department chief confirmed a working structure fire, responding units reported a car accident with injuries at the intersection of Holly Oak Avenue and Church Lane at about 5:55 p.m. Springs chiefs called for the East Hampton Fire Department and East Hampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Association to handle that call for them.

Springs fire chiefs called for the rapid intervention team from the East Hampton Fire Department to respond in case firefighters needto be rescued during the fire. An engine from the Amagansett Fire Department was asked to standby at Springs' headquarters.

The East Hampton Town Fire Marshal's office is responding.

Check back for more information on the fire and the accident as it becomes available.

Firefighters pour water on a house that caught fire Tuesday night in Springs. Michael Heller/East Hampton Fire Department
Michael Heller/East Hampton Fire Department