By Tessa Raebeck
The Suffolk County Arson Squad is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a new house on Seven Ponds Road in Southampton during the evening of Tuesday, July 29.
According to Southampton Town Fire Marshal Al Tyczkowski, the fire at 18 Seven Ponds Road started at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday. When firefighters arrived at 7:12 p.m., they found the house already engulfed in flames. The fire was not extinguished until approximately midnight.
The fire department was notified of the blaze via several 911 calls made by passing motorists.
The Southampton, Hampton Bays, North Sea, Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton fire departments all responded.
When the fire’s origin could not be determined, the Suffolk County Arson Squad was called to the scene early Wednesday morning.
“It’s still under investigation,” Mr. Tyczkowski said Wednesday of a possible cause. “There hasn’t been a determination made yet.”
Sag Harbor resident Michael Pintauro was passing Hampton Bays on his way home from Riverhead when he saw the smoke from the roadway. He parked on David’s Lane in Southampton to watch the fire and was quickly joined by other passersby. The person parked next to him said he had driven all the way from Mattituck to find the source of the blaze. Others who pulled over told Mr. Pintauro they had speculated a gas station had exploded due to the extent of smoke in the sky.
“It was amazing how quickly it grew and how large the flames were,” Mr. Pintauro said Wednesday. “People said they were able to see the smoke from Sunrise Highway and the North Fork.”
There is no additional information as to what caused the house fire at this time. According to Southampton Town records, Glenn Fishman purchased the 1.9-acre property in March 2013.