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PHOTOS: Fire Destroys Peter Morton’s Hamptons Mansion

New photos have been released that get up close to the action at last week’s fire that tore through the East Hampton home of Hard Rock Café co-founder Peter Morton.

The fire was reported at 2:35 p.m. on March 19 at 57 West End Road, according to East Hampton Town police. East Hampton Fire Department responded first and called in a number of other departments to provide tanker trucks.

Nothing was left but rubble by the time the fire was extinguished—and firefighters returned around midnight when the flames rekindled.

According to the New York Post, Morton purchased the property for $10 million in 1998. According to transfer records, Peter Morton Trust sold the property to West End Partners in 2008 for $21,450,000. However, he still resided there after 2008.

At 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, members of the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the Morton residence for a report of a structure fire. First arriving units found the structure, which was under renovation at the time, heavily involved with fire. Mutal aid was called from the Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Southampton and Hampton Bays Fire Departments, and the North Sea Fire Department was called to stand by at the EHFD headquarters. Cold temperatures, a strong wind and water supply challenges made fighting the fire difficult, and eventually heavy equipment was called for to knock the chimneys over and remove debrisi so that all remaining pockets of fire could be extinguished. I was not until well after that 9:00 p.m. that evening that all units were fully back in service. It was suspected that roofers installing new flashing were to blame for the fire, but the East Hampton Village Fire Marshal's office responded and was on scene to determine the fire's cause and origin.
Photo credit: Michael Heller
At 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, members of the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the Morton residence for a report of a structure fire. First arriving units found the structure, which was under renovation at the time, heavily involved with fire. Mutal aid was called from the Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Southampton and Hampton Bays Fire Departments, and the North Sea Fire Department was called to stand by at the EHFD headquarters. Cold temperatures, a strong wind and water supply challenges made fighting the fire difficult, and eventually heavy equipment was called for to knock the chimneys over and remove debrisi so that all remaining pockets of fire could be extinguished. I was not until well after that 9:00 p.m. that evening that all units were fully back in service. It was suspected that roofers installing new flashing were to blame for the fire, but the East Hampton Village Fire Marshal's office responded and was on scene to determine the fire's cause and origin.
Photo credit: Michael Heller
At 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, members of the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the Morton residence for a report of a structure fire. First arriving units found the structure, which was under renovation at the time, heavily involved with fire. Mutal aid was called from the Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Southampton and Hampton Bays Fire Departments, and the North Sea Fire Department was called to stand by at the EHFD headquarters. Cold temperatures, a strong wind and water supply challenges made fighting the fire difficult, and eventually heavy equipment was called for to knock the chimneys over and remove debrisi so that all remaining pockets of fire could be extinguished. I was not until well after that 9:00 p.m. that evening that all units were fully back in service. It was suspected that roofers installing new flashing were to blame for the fire, but the East Hampton Village Fire Marshal's office responded and was on scene to determine the fire's cause and origin.
Photo credit: Michael Heller
At 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, members of the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the Morton residence for a report of a structure fire. First arriving units found the structure, which was under renovation at the time, heavily involved with fire. Mutal aid was called from the Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Southampton and Hampton Bays Fire Departments, and the North Sea Fire Department was called to stand by at the EHFD headquarters. Cold temperatures, a strong wind and water supply challenges made fighting the fire difficult, and eventually heavy equipment was called for to knock the chimneys over and remove debrisi so that all remaining pockets of fire could be extinguished. I was not until well after that 9:00 p.m. that evening that all units were fully back in service. It was suspected that roofers installing new flashing were to blame for the fire, but the East Hampton Village Fire Marshal's office responded and was on scene to determine the fire's cause and origin.
Photo credit: Michael Heller
At 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, members of the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the Morton residence for a report of a structure fire. First arriving units found the structure, which was under renovation at the time, heavily involved with fire. Mutal aid was called from the Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Southampton and Hampton Bays Fire Departments, and the North Sea Fire Department was called to stand by at the EHFD headquarters. Cold temperatures, a strong wind and water supply challenges made fighting the fire difficult, and eventually heavy equipment was called for to knock the chimneys over and remove debrisi so that all remaining pockets of fire could be extinguished. I was not until well after that 9:00 p.m. that evening that all units were fully back in service. It was suspected that roofers installing new flashing were to blame for the fire, but the East Hampton Village Fire Marshal's office responded and was on scene to determine the fire's cause and origin.
Photo credit: Michael Heller
At 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, members of the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the Morton residence for a report of a structure fire. First arriving units found the structure, which was under renovation at the time, heavily involved with fire. Mutal aid was called from the Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Southampton and Hampton Bays Fire Departments, and the North Sea Fire Department was called to stand by at the EHFD headquarters. Cold temperatures, a strong wind and water supply challenges made fighting the fire difficult, and eventually heavy equipment was called for to knock the chimneys over and remove debrisi so that all remaining pockets of fire could be extinguished. I was not until well after that 9:00 p.m. that evening that all units were fully back in service. It was suspected that roofers installing new flashing were to blame for the fire, but the East Hampton Village Fire Marshal's office responded and was on scene to determine the fire's cause and origin.
Photo credit: Michael Heller
At 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, members of the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the Morton residence for a report of a structure fire. First arriving units found the structure, which was under renovation at the time, heavily involved with fire. Mutal aid was called from the Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Southampton and Hampton Bays Fire Departments, and the North Sea Fire Department was called to stand by at the EHFD headquarters. Cold temperatures, a strong wind and water supply challenges made fighting the fire difficult, and eventually heavy equipment was called for to knock the chimneys over and remove debrisi so that all remaining pockets of fire could be extinguished. I was not until well after that 9:00 p.m. that evening that all units were fully back in service. It was suspected that roofers installing new flashing were to blame for the fire, but the East Hampton Village Fire Marshal's office responded and was on scene to determine the fire's cause and origin.
Photo credit: Michael Heller
At 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, members of the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the Morton residence for a report of a structure fire. First arriving units found the structure, which was under renovation at the time, heavily involved with fire. Mutal aid was called from the Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Southampton and Hampton Bays Fire Departments, and the North Sea Fire Department was called to stand by at the EHFD headquarters. Cold temperatures, a strong wind and water supply challenges made fighting the fire difficult, and eventually heavy equipment was called for to knock the chimneys over and remove debrisi so that all remaining pockets of fire could be extinguished. I was not until well after that 9:00 p.m. that evening that all units were fully back in service. It was suspected that roofers installing new flashing were to blame for the fire, but the East Hampton Village Fire Marshal's office responded and was on scene to determine the fire's cause and origin.
Photo credit: Michael Heller
At 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, members of the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the Morton residence for a report of a structure fire. First arriving units found the structure, which was under renovation at the time, heavily involved with fire. Mutal aid was called from the Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Southampton and Hampton Bays Fire Departments, and the North Sea Fire Department was called to stand by at the EHFD headquarters. Cold temperatures, a strong wind and water supply challenges made fighting the fire difficult, and eventually heavy equipment was called for to knock the chimneys over and remove debrisi so that all remaining pockets of fire could be extinguished. I was not until well after that 9:00 p.m. that evening that all units were fully back in service. It was suspected that roofers installing new flashing were to blame for the fire, but the East Hampton Village Fire Marshal's office responded and was on scene to determine the fire's cause and origin.
Photo credit: Michael Heller
At 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, members of the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the Morton residence for a report of a structure fire. First arriving units found the structure, which was under renovation at the time, heavily involved with fire. Mutal aid was called from the Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Southampton and Hampton Bays Fire Departments, and the North Sea Fire Department was called to stand by at the EHFD headquarters. Cold temperatures, a strong wind and water supply challenges made fighting the fire difficult, and eventually heavy equipment was called for to knock the chimneys over and remove debrisi so that all remaining pockets of fire could be extinguished. I was not until well after that 9:00 p.m. that evening that all units were fully back in service. It was suspected that roofers installing new flashing were to blame for the fire, but the East Hampton Village Fire Marshal's office responded and was on scene to determine the fire's cause and origin.
Photo credit: Michael Heller
At 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, members of the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the Morton residence for a report of a structure fire. First arriving units found the structure, which was under renovation at the time, heavily involved with fire. Mutal aid was called from the Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Southampton and Hampton Bays Fire Departments, and the North Sea Fire Department was called to stand by at the EHFD headquarters. Cold temperatures, a strong wind and water supply challenges made fighting the fire difficult, and eventually heavy equipment was called for to knock the chimneys over and remove debrisi so that all remaining pockets of fire could be extinguished. I was not until well after that 9:00 p.m. that evening that all units were fully back in service. It was suspected that roofers installing new flashing were to blame for the fire, but the East Hampton Village Fire Marshal's office responded and was on scene to determine the fire's cause and origin.
Photo credit: Michael Heller
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