Maryland sisters killed in fire while vacationing in the Hamptons

Two Maryland sisters were killed when a massive fire engulfed the Southampton vacation home their family had rented for a summer getaway, police said.

Jillian Wiener, 21, and Lindsay Wiener, 19, were sleeping in a second-floor bedroom when the fire broke out inside the Noyack residence on the South Fork of Long Island on the night of Wednesday, according to WUSA. Their 60-year-old father, Lewis Wiener, was awakened by the sound of breaking glass around 3.30am and immediately tried to warn his family of the danger.

Lewis and his wife, Alisa Wiener, 52, who were both sleeping on the first floor when the fire broke out, were able to flee the house. Their 23-year-old son Zachary Wiener also escaped by jumping out of a second story window, Southampton Town Police Lt. Susan Ralph told the East Hampton Star.

When Lewis realized his daughters were still inside the burning rental, he tried to save them, “but the flames kept him out,” Ralph added.

Firefighters from North Sea, Southampton, East Hampton, Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor all responded to the scene and successfully located the sisters. They were rushed to hospital by ambulance, but both women eventually succumbed to their injuries despite efforts to resuscitate them.

Their neighbors said the family decided to take a short vacation in the area before their children head back to college for the next school year. Jillian would have been a senior at the University of Michigan while Lindsay was to return to Tulane University as a sophomore.

They were also alumni of Bethesda’s Holton-Arms School for Girls, with Jillian graduating in 2019 and Lindsay in 2021.

The school remembered the couple as “warm and committed members of the Holton community who have had a positive impact on both their classrooms and the wider community,” according to a statement obtained by WTOP.

The three surviving family members suffered non-fatal injuries from smoke inhalation and were being treated at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

Thursday, the cause of the fire remained uncertain.

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