North Sea Home Gutted In Blaze

Posted on 06 November 2008

In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, November 1 Southampton Town Police received a number of calls that a Maple Avenue, North Sea residence was on fire with residents of the abode trying to escape and possibly injured.

According to police, the North Sea Fire Department and patrol officers from Southampton Town arrived and discovered a fully involved fire at a two-story residence at 3 Maple Avenue, just off Water Mill Towd Road. All occupants of the house had been able to escape the blaze prior to the arrival of emergency responders, with at least one occupant reportedly jumping from a window to escape the flames. Southampton Ambulance responded to the scene and transported one person to Southampton Hospital for treatment of injuries from the fire. Additionally, two other occupants were transported to the hospital in a private vehicle seeking medical attention. The extent of the injuries was unknown as of press time.

Southampton Town and Bridgehampton fire departments provided mutual aid to the North Sea Fire Department to help extinguish the blaze. No firefighters were reported injured, although damage to the residence was reported as severe, gutting the house. The Southampton Town Fire Marshall’s Office is conducting the investigation into the cause of the fire.

Melvin I Araya, 20, of Noyac was arrested by Southampton Town Police on Sunday, November 2 on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor, after police said they observed him acting suspiciously in a parked vehicle on Montauk Highway West in Hampton Bays and discovered he was allegedly in possession of cocaine.

On Saturday, November 1 Southampton Town Police arrested Irwin Javier Soto, 19, of East Hampton on a felony count charge of driving while intoxicated, as well as a number of traffic violations after police said they observed him failing to maintain his lane of traffic on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton and found he was intoxicated. Due to a prior DWI conviction, police said the charge was upgraded to a felony county and the vehicle Soto was operating was seized.

Sag Harbor Village Police reported one driving while intoxicated arrest this week. Benjamin Angel Gonzalea-Reynosa, 33, of Sag Harbor was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, all misdemeanors, as well as for two traffic violations on Saturday, November 1 at 3:20 a.m. Police said they pulled him over on Bayview Avenue after they observed him allegedly swerving on Long Island Avenue. Following his arrest, Gonzalea-Reynosa was held for his arraignment later that morning at Southampton Town Justice Court where he was released on $300 cash bail.

Perry P. Schaefer, 45, of Sag Harbor was arrested on charges of grand larceny in the fourth degree and criminal possession of stolen property on Monday, November 3 after Sag Harbor Village Police said they questioned him in reference to a possible connection to a stolen boat trailer, and said that during an interview Schaefer gave an incriminating statement. He was released on $250 cash bail.

Southampton Town Police arrested Marvin A. Garcia, 27, of Southampton on Sunday, November 2 for allegedly driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, for speeding and for being an unlicensed driver, both traffic infractions after police said they pulled him over at County Road 39 and Hill Station Road in Southampton and found that he was intoxicated.

On Tuesday, October 28 Southampton Town police arrested Felix W. Estrada, 20, of Bridgehampton for criminal mischief in the fourth degree on the Sag Harbor Turnpike after police said he was involved in a domestic dispute with his father and damaged property.

Juan Soledad, 26, of Southampton was arrested by Southampton Town Police on Wednesday, October 29 on the Sag Harbor Turnpike at Huntington Station in Bridgehampton for alleged forgery in the second degree, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and for speeding. Police said they pulled him over for speeding for allegedly driving 50 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone and upon examining his license noticed an expiration date appeared to be allegedly altered. Using equipment, police said they confirmed the license had a forgery on it. When asked about the change, police said Soledad responded, “Yea, I was just messing with it I changed it from a 6 to an 8.”

Sag Harbor Village Police reported two arrests this week for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor crime. On Wednesday, October 29 they arrested Carol L. Tintle, 69, of Sagaponack on the charge after police said they pulled her over on Madison Street after she allegedly failed to make a full stop at the intersection of Madison and Union streets and found her license was suspended in 2007 for failure to answer a summons. On Thursday, October 30 Verna Eggleston, 52, of Brooklyn was arrested on the same charge after police said they pulled him over on Hampton Street for talking on his cell phone while driving and found his license was suspended this summer for failure to pay a fine. Both were released on traffic tickets.

On Friday, October 31 Southampton Town Police received a report from a Manhattan resident who reported that someone stole a Samsung 52 inch LCD television, valued at $4,000 and a flat screen television with unknown value from his Mid Ocean, Sagaponack home. The victim said the last time the residence was secured was roughly three weeks earlier, and that the house is under major construction.

A clothing business off Main Street, Sag Harbor reported that a number of items appeared to have been taken from the premises, according to a report filed with Sag Harbor Village Police on Thursday, October 30.

On Saturday, November 1 an East Hampton resident shopping at a Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton business called Southampton Town Police to report that during a 20-minute period someone removed her wallet, which was in her purse, in a shopping cart. In addition to $200, the wallet contained several credit cards and a driver’s license.

A Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike business owner contacted Southampton Town Police on Wednesday, October 29 to report that two subjects tried to cash checks from the business on two separate occasions and places. The checks, according to the police report, were both washed and altered. An investigation is ongoing.

Ninety dollars were reported stolen from a not-for-profit thrift store on Division Street in Sag Harbor, according to a report filed with village police on Tuesday, October 28.

Several mailboxes on Suffolk Street were knocked over sometime between October 29 and October 30, according to a report filed with Sag Harbor Village Police.

On Saturday, November 1 a Noyac Road, Noyac resident called Southampton Town Police to report that an unknown object hit her windshield cracking and shattering it while she was driving eastbound on Noyac Road. She does not know where the object came from. 

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