Woman Rescued From Burning House

Firefighters treated for carbon monoxide inhalation.

Fire trapped an elderly woman in a house on Bellows Lane in Southampton Village Thursday afternoon — but firefighters pulled her out.

A Stop & Shop Peapod delivery truck driver called in the fire.  Southampton Fire Chief Rodney “Chip” Pierson said that the call came around 5:30 p.m., and he arrived within two minutes, coming from his daughter's field hockey game at Southampton High School nearby. The first firefighters on scene were not able to get to the woman immediately because of smoke and fire, Pierson said, but when more equipment arrived firefighters put on breathing apparatus and saved her.

The victim was transported via ambulance to Southampton Hospital, and two firefighters were taken to the hospital due to carbon monoxide inhalation, the chief said. About half a dozen firefighters, including Pierson, were treated on the scene.

Pierson said that when he arrived the fire was well under way, and shortly after he got there it became "fully involved."

Around 6:15, the fire was under control but there were still flames on the roof. Pierson said that there would be many "hotspots" that firefighters need to root out. The house was severely damaged, if not a total loss.

Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance, Southampton Volunteer Ambulance and Bridgehampton Fire Department Ambulance Company responded. In addition to 60 Southampton firefighters who responded to the scene, Sag Harbor Fire Department sent a rapid intervention team, North Sea Fire Department stood by at the Southampton firehouse on Hampton Road, and Hampton Bays Fire Department was also called on.

“This kind of call, when you have victim within, really gets the guys out fast,” Pierson said.

Robert I Ross October 12, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I want to take a moment to acknowledge the bravery of the firefighters of the Southampton Fire Department - - including its Chief, Chip Pierson - - for their heroic acts at the structure fire in Southampton Village yesterday. We are indeed a blessed community to have such dedicated volunteer-professionals protecting us 24/7!
Ralebird October 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
It was a ridiculous comment but should not be censored.
Mrs. Sea October 12, 2012 at 08:33 PM
We are so blessed and fortunate to have such dedicated, compassionate volunteers, and all involved should be commended and applauded. Sadly, I did just hear that Ona Masters did die as a result of this horrible fire. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones.
Douglas DeGroot October 13, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Sadly, Ona Masters did pass late Thursday night. We hope she felt no pain from the fire. She lived a full life and was loved and well cared for in her later years. And she had the pleasure of continuing to live in her own home til the day she passed. May God bless her soul and may we all say a prayer for Ona, her daughter Margery, her son Paul and their extended family. And a big thank you to all the firefighters, rescue workers, fire police, fire marshalls and any others who risked their own lives in rescuing Ona and otherwise aided in fighting this fire. Remember, these volunteers are not paid; they serve out of good will and a sense of duty.
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