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Fire destroys home in Southampton

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SOUTHAMPTON (WGGB/WSHM) -

An overnight house fire on Helen Drive in Southampton left a family without a home. That house erupted in flames just one day before the town was set to vote for more local first responders.

Residents of that neighborhood say the fire is a perfect example why more crews should be on hand.

Nilay Patel was on his way to his bedroom when he said, "I noticed just a bright yellow light."

That bright yellow light was from a home that was destroyed by the fire that broke out just before 11:30 p.m. Monday.

"I ran downstairs and the deck was on fire. I called 911," Patel said.

Thankfully, when Patel ran outside, the family was already rushing out of the home.

When fire crews arrived on the scene, the home was 30 percent engulfed.

Southampton's fire chief said because the fire started on the porch, the fire alarms didn't go off.

Patel added that response teams could have arrived a little faster.

"The fire department is right up the street and I think if they would have responded really quick, I think they could have contained it really fast," Patel explained.

That is why Tuesday night, Southampton residents will be asked to vote to have more first responders on-hand. The Southampton Fire Department has people working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with on-call personnel on other shifts.

That is why Linda Summers said she is willing to have more crews on-hand.

"I mean this is a poster for why you need enhanced coverage in all our services," Summers said.

Monday night's fire in Southampton occurred during the on-call time.

"When you're talking a seven-minute response time from someone leaving their house, to getting into an engine, and then leaving the station to get to the scene, that seven minutes is a long time," Summers added.

Investigators continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

No one was injured,but two family cats were killed due to the fire.

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