The Westhampton Beach Fire Department was activated for a smoke investigation in the Main Street area of Quiogue at 0752 on November 2, 2023. While responding to the call Second Assistant Chief Jeff Wachenfeld was informed by two of his officers that they were seeing a thick plume of smoke south of Franklin Avenue. Chief Wachenfeld located the source which was a fully involved structure on Main Street. The first due engine ran a five-inch supply line approximately 700-feet down the driveway to the scene. The volunteers soon had a 2-1/2 inch line and a three-inch blitzfire pouring water on the fire which had spread to the entire second floor. The building, which had previously been used to store an art collection, was under renovation and was unoccupied at the time. The second Westhampton Beach engine ran another five-inch supply line. The two engines were able to supply water to ladder trucks from Westhampton Beach and East Moriches. Both of these trucks poured copious amounts of water on the second floor and the majority of the fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes. Mutual aid came from East Moriches, Eastport, Quogue and East Quogue; Hampton Bays sent a standby crew to the Westhampton Beach. Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance was also on scene.

– Fire News photos courtesy of the Westhampton Beach FD