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Fire Destroys Water Mill Mansion [VIDEO]

Many fire departments respond to blaze Thursday night.

UPDATE 1:20 a.m.: Fire department officials have wrapped their work and left the scene.

UPDATE 12:07 a.m.: An excavator is on scene knocking down the chimney of the destroyed house.

Eight fire departments were called to respond to a fire at a mansion on Jordan Drive in Water Mill on Thursday evening that completely destroyed the home and damaged a neighboring residence before it was extinguished.

A resident of nearby Head of Pond Road reported seeing a red glow, like from a fire, at 6:47 p.m., police said. and firefighters set out to the area of Edge of Woods Road and Deerfield Road, and discovered that a large house at 18 Jordan Drive, off Edge of Woods Road, was nearly fully engulfed in flames.

Southampton Fire Chief Rodney "Chip" Pierson called in Hampton Bays, Riverhead, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Flanders fire departments to assist as well, said.

The estate was listed for $4,675,000 with Gary DePersia of . According to the listing, the house was a 6,800-square-foot 10-bedroom on 1.5 acres.

was on scene for the rehabilitation of firefighters exposed to heat and smoke, and in cause of injury. The ambulance corps called in the , Hampton Bays, Flanders, Bridgehampton, East Hampton Village ambulance companies.

At least one firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.

The , Hampton Bays and fire departments sent rapid intervention teams, according to chatter on the fire department radio frequency. Rapid intervention teams standby in case they are needed to rescue other firefighters in distress.

Southampton Town fire marshals are investigating.

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UPDATE 10:12 p.m.: The fire is out, but the house is still smoking. Fifteen pizzas were just ordered for the firefighters, who have been on scene since dinnertime.

UPDATE 9:22 p.m.: Click the following hyperlink to watch a video of the fire.

UPDATE 8:28 p.m.: A firefighter is being treated for smoke inhalation.

UPDATE 8:14 p.m.: Additional interior firefighters are being asked to respond. The fire had been knocked down, but firefighters at the scene were conducting an overhaul of the house, looking for "hot spots."

Firefighters can only work for a certain amount of time, as their air tanks will deplete, so back up is necessary.

A "large glow" was reported in the area of Edge of Woods Road and Deerfield Road at about 6:50 p.m. Fire department officials discovered a large house on Jordan Drive, off Edge of Woods Road, was nearly fully engulfed in flames.

According to chatter on the fire department radio frequency, the wind was pushing the fire inside and firefighters were preparing for an exterior attack in rainy weather conditions. There appeared to be some concern for the houses to the north, according to chatter.

The and the were both initially called out because the area boarders the two departments' service areas. Tankers from North Sea, and departments were called to the scene, as well as brush trucks.

The , Hampton Bays and fire departments sent rapid intervention teams. Rapid intervention teams standby in case they are needed to rescue other firefighters in distress.

was called in around 7:15 p.m. and Flanders Fire Department was called to standby at Southampton Fire Department headquarters.

The was called to the scene to standby. The Bridgehampton Fire Department Ambulance Company and were on scene as well according to an inventory of trucks on scene at 8:03 p.m.

Pamela Viscuso-Taber January 28, 2012 at 02:34 AM
How awful for Richard to say such a disgraceful comment! What a small world you must live in! This was someones home! There were so many people there risking their lives to save it! Thank god no one was hurt! Just truly shameful that a person could even reply that way to this devastation!
Shinnecock Hills January 28, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Those houses are awfully close together. On the first video, near the end, you can hear the videographer say to someone "it's that party house. You hear it all summer?" I thought group rentals were not permitted. Would be nice if the town would enforce it.
East End Broker January 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Pretty unprofessional/borderline slanderous comments coming from the CEO and COO of HANFRA (Hamptons and North Fork Realtors Assoc)
Brendan Byrne - The East End Broker March 25, 2012 at 03:07 AM
FYI. There is a difference between the anonymous "East End Broker" login and "The East End Broker" which is my Southampton Patch login and real estate blog.
Brendan J. O'Reilly April 04, 2012 at 07:02 PM
The Southampton Town Fire Marshal's office has released an initial report on the fire: http://southampton.patch.com/articles/cause-of-water-mill-mansion-fire-undetermined

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