On Monday evening, Thomas Jones, a 61-year-old East Hampton man, died in a fire at his Springs Fireplace Road home, East Hampton Town Police report. Chief Chris Bono, a second assistant chief with the East Hampton Town Fire Department, was driving by the house when he spotted the flames, reported an East Hampton Town firefighter. Chief Bono called in the fire a little after 5 p.m. and soon afterwards several dozen firefighters and police officers arrived at the scene.
Above: Jones’ home the day after the blaze that claimed his life.
While trying to calm the flames, firefighters located Jones lying unconscious in a first floor bedroom. East Hampton Town Police say Jones was removed from the blaze and transported to Southampton Hospital. Jones was declared dead at 6:08 p.m. by emergency personnel.
“I only saw him once or twice in his yard,” said a resident who lived near Jones. “He had these little white wire lawn chairs and he would place the stuffed animals in them. He would change the animals around. I thought that was kind of charming and it made me feel endeared to him, even though I never met him. It was a little world for passersby to enjoy.”
Police say a preliminary investigation indicates that the fire was caused accidentally. The police say they will continue to investigate the case.