Update: Fire Breaks Out at the Creeks, Ron Perelman's Estate
Update, Sept. 29, 1:45 a.m.: Firefighters extinguished the blaze at the Creeks sometime before 1 a.m. on Saturday.
East Hampton Village Police Chief Mike Tracey, who responded after the fire was reported on Ron Perelman's property just before 9:55 p.m., said that security staff told 911 dispatchers that the attic was ablaze. Mr. Perelman, a billionaire investor and philanthropist, was not at the house when the fire broke out, only his staff, the chief added.
Several Fire Departments from Montauk to Southampton assisted the East Hampton Fire Department in fighting the flames, which could been seen shooting out of the roof. Firefighters attacked the blaze from inside and out, using aerial ladder trucks to douse the flames.
Firefighters on the second floor were ordered out of the building by senior officers, at least twice, though it was unclear why. When the fire was controlled, Mr. Perelman's staff removed artwork from the first floor.
No injuries were reported, Chief Tracey said.
Fire officials are working to determine the cause, the Chief said.
Montauk Highway was closed between Stephen Hand's Path and Wainscott-Northwest Road for several hours as firefighters stretched hose across the highway and went in and out of the nearly 60-acre property, which has a main and service entrance on Montauk Highway.
Photos Courtesy of the East Hampton Fire Department
Originally, Sept. 28, 10:46 p.m.: A fire broke out in the attic at the main house at the Creeks, Ron Perelman's East Hampton estate on Friday night. Flames were reportedly through the roof on one side of the house.
The East Hampton Fire Department responded at 9:51 p.m. to a working structure fire at 291 Montauk Highway, the billionaire investor and philanthropist's nearly 60-acre estate on Georgica Pond.
Police shut down Montauk Highway between Stephen Hand's Path and Wainscott-Northwest Road. Firefighters stretched hose across the highway at Stephen Hand's Path.
East Hampton fire chiefs called for help from several neighboring districts. The Sag Harbor Fire Department brought in its rapid intervention team, used to standby to rescue firefighters inside if need be, but the Sag Harbor team was soon deployed to as interior firefighters as the blaze progressed. The Southampton Fire Department's rapid intervention team was called in around 10:30 p.m., and a ladder truck was requested from Sag Harbor, as well. A few minutes later, Montauk was asked for its hose truck and its rapid intervention team. The Amagansett Fire Department had also been asked to provide an engine and manpower.
At about 10:35 p.m., firefighters were told to pull out of the building. It was unclear why.
The Springs Fire Department is standing by at East Hampton's firehouse.
The East Hampton Village Ambulance Association is also on the scene. The Ladies Auxiliary responded with water and Gatorade as refreshments for the firefighters.
This is a developing story. Check back for more information as it becomes available.