Update, 1:15 PM: The East Hampton Fire Marshal’s office brought in the Suffolk County arson squad and the East Hampton Town police to help investigate a fire that destroyed a shed on Wednesday night.
Originally, 12:50 PM: The East Hampton Town Fire Marshal’s office is investigating what caused a fire in a shed on a residential East Hampton property Wednesday night.
The East Hampton Fire Department initially received a report that a fence was ablaze at 26 Cove Hollow Road at 11:35 PM. First Assistant Chief Duane Forrester was the first to arrive, and he found an 8-by-10 storage shed, which was close to the house, was fully engulfed in flames and the fire had spread to a fence and a vehicle parked nearby.
The fire was further exacerbated, Chief Gerard Turza Jr. said, by two propane BBQ tanks next to the house, which were venting and shooting flames 30 feet in the air. The chief decided to evacuate the house next door, as a precaution.
Firefighters responded with two engines, one hose truck, one tanker, one tower ladder and one fire police unit. One firefighter felt ill on scene as a result of dehydration, but the firefighter was not taken to the hospital, Chief Turza said.
The fire marshal’s office was not immediately available for a comment.
This article will be updated with more information when it becomes available.