East Hampton F.D. Quickly Snuffs Out Fire in Hampton Beverage, Goldberg's Complex

Firefighters doused flames after a fire started in a Dumpster and spread to wooden pallets in the Hampton Beverage and Goldberg's Bagels complex Friday night. Gordon Grant photos

Update, Aug. 12, 12:40 a.m.: An outdoor fire in an East Hampton retail complex Friday night started in a Dumpster and extended to a large stack of wooden pallets, according to East Hampton Fire Department's First Assistant Chief Gerry Turza.

The fire was 25 feet from Hampton Beverage, and though the chief said it was unlikely it would have spread to the building, propane tanks stored in the vicinity were exposed to the radiant heat. "That could have been a problem," he said.

However, firefighters quickly put out the fire. One engine and a tanker truck responded.

Flames were visible from Pantigo Road, which is part of Montauk Highway, and passersby thought Hampton Beverage or Goldberg's Bagels was ablaze. When firefighters responded to 100 Pantigo Place, they found the fire in the area where the Dumpsters and stacks of pallets were kept, behind the hedge near the ice bins next to the parking area, Chief Turza said.

Neither Goldberg's Bagels or Hampton Beverage, which share the complex, sustained damage. 

Chief Turza said David Browne, the chief East Hampton Town fire marshal, was investigating the cause, though he said it did not appear suspicious.  

Originally, Aug. 11, 11:29 p.m.: The East Hampton Fire Department extinguished an outside fire by Goldberg's Famous Bagels in East Hampton on Friday night. Pallets outside of the bagel store at 100 Pantigo Place were ablaze when firefighters were called at about 10:45 p.m.

The call was initially reported a structure fire, but it was the pallets that were on fire. They were reportedly away from the building.  The East Hampton Town fire marshal's office is investigating the fire's cause. 

Firefighters were back in service by about 11:25 p.m.

Correction: Churchill Wines and Spirits is no longer in the complex.