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Apr 19, 2014 9:07 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Arson Suspect Being Held In Riverside Jail In Lieu Of $500,000 Bail

Apr 24, 2014 11:05 AM

UPDATE: Monday, 3:25 p.m.

According to court documents obtained on Monday afternoon, Mr. Osiecki admitted to police that he started both the brush fire and the house fire over the weekend.

The first fire was on Friday, April 18, at 10:29 a.m., at 219 Hayground Road in Bridgehampton. Mr. Osiecki reportedly told police that he started the fire with the intention of burning the local cell phone towers and the train tracks, and that it took approximately six hours for him to start the fire.

Mr. Osiecki also admitted to starting the second fire at 187 Dune Road in Water Mill. Early in the morning on April 19, Mr. Osiecki said he intended to burn down the building and it took him three hours to start the fire.

Mr. Osiecki is being held at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $500,000 cash bail. He is due back at the Southampton Town Justice Court in Hampton Bays on May 15 at 9 a.m..

UPDATE: Monday, 2:10 p.m.

One day after his arraignment at the Southampton Town Justice Court was postponed, Mr. Osiecki was assigned $500,000 bail on Monday morning. According to Senior Court Clerk Claire Mason of the justice court, Mr. Osiecki was represented by attorney Brian J. DeSesa of Sag Harbor.

Ms. Mason said that as of 2 p.m. Mr. Osiecki had not yet posted bail and was being held at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside.

UPDATE: Saturday, 11 p.m.

Southampton Town Police have arrested David Osiecki, 64, of Sagaponack in connection with Saturday morning's house fire on Dune Road.

Mr. Osiecki was arrested at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday by town detectives following an investigation into the early morning blaze. He has been charged with one count of third-degree arson, a class C felony, as well as with fifth-degree arson, a class A misdemeanor, for his involvement in a prior brush fire in the Bridgehampton-Hayground area, police said.

It is unclear what led police to Mr. Osiecki, or how or why he started the fires.

Mr. Osiecki was taken to Southampton Town Police headquarters for processing and is being held overnight. He will be arraigned Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at the Southampton Town Justice Court in Hampton Bays.

UPDATE: Saturday, 11:40 a.m.

It is still unclear if anyone was injured in the fire this morning, though Southampton Town Police say the cause of the blaze is under investigation and the Suffolk County Arson Squad, as well as the Southampton Town Fire Marshals are on scene.

Along with Bridgehampton, several East End fire departments, including Amagansett, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, North Sea, Southampton and Hampton Bays responded on Saturday morning. It is unclear if anyone was home at the time the fire started.

As of 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dune Road in Bridgehampton remained closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and fire officials were not available for comment.


Emergency personnel are still on the scene of a fire on Dune Road in Bridgehampton this morning.

According to Sergeant Andrew Ficurilli, the fire was called into Southampton Town Police at 5:49 a.m. on Saturday morning at 187 Dune Road, but he did not have any other information at this time. Police and fire personnel were still on scene, and it is unclear if there were any injuries, or how badly the house was damaged.

Bridgehampton Fire Chief Gary Horsburgh was not immediately available for comment on Saturday morning.

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disgruntled employee of the rich?
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Apr 20, 14 8:46 AM
Not likely - he used to live in a house near there and has a nice place in Sagaponack. Unfortunately I suspect it's a case of underlying mental health issues. Glad no one was hurt
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Apr 20, 14 10:03 AM
Exactly right Nature, including the fire fighters. I have been to that house and it could not have been an easy fire to put out.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 20, 14 10:06 AM
64 not 54
By bambi (76), bridgehampton on Apr 20, 14 10:34 AM
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After reading another article in a different paper with more details, I hope that Mr. Osiecki gets the help he needs.

Here's an article from 2010 about a business he opened in Water Mill:

By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 14 9:31 AM
So sad, not at all a disgruntled employee of the rich. Known him for years has more money than most of us! Must have went off the deep end. He needs mental help not prison.
By J. Totta (106), Sag Harbor on Apr 21, 14 1:23 PM
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By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 14 2:46 PM
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By saggguy (20), SAGAPONACK on Apr 21, 14 8:57 PM
He's 64 years old, not 54.
By ArthurVandelay (8), on Apr 24, 14 6:53 AM
The article has been corrected to reflect Mr. Osiecki's correct age of 64.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (117), Westhampton Beach on Apr 24, 14 10:38 AM
Will you be updating this story to reflect the outcome of yesterday's (may 15) scheduled court appearance?
By new member (1), Suffolk County on May 16, 14 1:24 PM
I know this guy...sick or not he has endangered a lot of folks and made life miserable for many with his "illness". He should be institutionalized until he is "stable and medicated" and then they should throw his sorry ass in jail for 15+ years and let him rot. He is a mean and vindictive person and there is no sympathy for him here
By Victim of his crazy (1), Southampton on May 3, 14 7:19 PM