East Hampton firefighters battled a blaze in a basement at a house in East Hampton on Wednesday morning, and the fire marshal is investigating the cause.
The East Hampton Fire Department was called to 12 Huntting Road, off Springy Banks Road, at 8:19 a.m.
Chief Tom Bono said the call came over as a structure fire, and Second Assistant Chief Chris Hren was the first to arrive. He found flames in the basement. No one was home at the time, Bono said, adding that it appeared the house was under renovation.
"They knocked it down pretty quick," Bono said. He was listening to the call on the fire department radio as he was driving from Wainscott to East Hampton to get his truck. "They made a good stop."
"There was damage, don't get me wrong, but it's nothing they can't fix," he said. The fire burned a hole in the floor, about 4-by-8 feet, he said.
The chief said the fire may have started with a floor heater. The East Hampton Town Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause.
The Sag Harbor Fire Department's Rapid Intervention Team was called, but not used. About 50 to 60 firefighters responded, the chief said.
Firefighters were back in service within an hour and a half to two hours, he said.