Photography by Michael Heller/East Hampton Fire Department
At 1:43 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, April 17, 2014 the Amagansett Fire Department was activated for a report of a structure fire on Miankoma Lane. First arriving units found a large house that had been under construction completely involved with fire. Amagansett Chief Dwane Denton immediately called for mutual aid from the East Hampton and Springs fire departments, as well as for the Rapid Intervention Team from Sag Harbor. The fire, which appeared to have been burning for some time, was attacked using a “surround-and-drown” approach using East Hampton’s tower ladder, deck guns and other large-diameter hose lines as the building had collapsed shortly after the arrival of the first units.
While battling the fire, embers from it landed in the roof of a residence, located on Miankoma Lane and also ignited a fire in the roof of that home, which firefighters were able to quickly extinguish.
Units were on scene soaking down hot spots until approximately 6:00 a.m. and the East Hampton Town Fire Marshal’s office was also on scene to investigate the fire’s cause and origin.