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Jul 28, 2015 5:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Kitchen Fire Destroys $9 Million Southampton Home On Saturday

Fire destroyed a house on Wyandanch Lane on Saturday. Firefighters were still on the scene late into the evening.  DANA SHAW
Jul 28, 2015 5:42 PM

Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation after a kitchen fire destroyed a $9 million Southampton mansion on Saturday.

The fire at 50 Wyandanch Lane, which is owned by Lawrence and Marilyn Friedland, was first called in to authorities at 12:23 p.m. and required 10 fire departments and several hours to knock down.

According to Southampton Fire Department 1st Assistant Chief Chris Brenner, Fire Chief Michael Kampf, who was in charge at the scene, was one of the first to respond and arrived while people were still evacuating the home, though none of the residents was hurt in the fire.

The blaze, Chief Brenner said, is believed to have started in the kitchen before spreading to the rest of the house, which is no longer habitable.

Chief Brenner was not sure how many firefighters were injured, but said several were transported via the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance and Hampton Bays Ambulance to Southampton Hospital for treatment of both smoke inhalation and elevated blood pressure.

According to Chief Brenner, it was a particularly difficult fire to fight. He said that extreme heat and long hours can take a toll on everyone involved—which is why Southampton, the lead agency, called for so much additional aid and had roughly 20-minute rotations when firefighters could battle the blaze. Once they finished their rotation, they would be brought to rehab ambulances provided by Southampton Village Volunteer and Hampton Bays ambulances to have their blood pressure and carbon monoxide and oxygen levels checked.

“The ambulance personnel on scene and the support staff did just as much as we did fighting the fire by helping us and checking us out,” Chief Brenner said. “There were there until they end, and they were crucial.”

The fire was considered extinguished by about 7:30 p.m., Chief Brenner said, noting that portions of the roof and floor collapsed during the blaze, making it difficult to completely douse the fire, as volunteers had to use ladders and hoses to knock down the flames.

Wyandanch Lane remained closed until 10 p.m. on Saturday while firefighters continued dousing hot spots and until a Southampton Village fire marshal could complete an investigation.

The Southampton, North Sea, Sag Harbor, Hampton Bays, East Quogue, East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Westhampton Beach and Flanders fire departments all responded to the scene, as did the Hampton Bays, Southampton Village Volunteer and the Southampton Volunteer ambulance companies.

“I can’t say enough about all the departments that responded today with mutual aid,” Chief Brenner said. “Everyone did a great job.”

Chief Brenner also said he wanted to extend a thank you to the East Hampton Fire Department for providing a crash truck, which was used toward the end to use foam on hot spots that were difficult to reach because of collapsed portions of the house. He was also grateful to Enstine Fuel Inc., which delivered diesel fuel to the scene so fire trucks could be refilled without leaving.

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Great work by all responding departments in what turned out to be a very long and arduous day. Incidentally, despite what the article says, Southampton Ambulance was never on scene, and certainly did not transport any patients. All EMS was handled by Southampton Village EMS, and Hampton Bays EMS.
By local resident 10 (19), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 25, 15 11:14 PM
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Who owned the house?
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 26, 15 11:49 AM
According to another news source, it was owned by Lawrence and Marilyn Friedman and was over 8,000 sq ft. Fortunately, everyone got out safely.
By Crabby (63), Southampton on Jul 26, 15 4:26 PM
Another source says the name is Friedland and that it was not clear if they were the owners or might have been renting.
By Crabby (63), Southampton on Jul 26, 15 4:41 PM
Southampton Ambulance was on standby to cover the village while SVVA was at the scene.
By metsfan2 (163), southampton on Jul 26, 15 12:11 PM
Lots of great volunteers from all over. Extremely hot day, great job to all of them.
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jul 26, 15 2:23 PM
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Looks like an old tinderbox - beautiful from what is left of the outside - but all dry dry wood inside - glad everyone survived and God Bless the firefighters and volunteers - whatever would we do without them?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 30, 15 1:35 PM
This is why the SVFD is the creme de la creme of FD's in NY and America. More multi-million dollar homes to protect and save. Some you do and sooe you can't but the effort is still there and 110%.
By niblicksreach (14), Southampton on Jul 30, 15 4:19 PM
I don't think you're quite as good as FDNY or Chicago FD or any other city dept so calm yourself down. By the way how much time elapsed from the alarm to first water on the fire? Hmmm
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Aug 5, 15 8:39 AM
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hope they had a rental permit
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Jul 30, 15 4:34 PM