Violations after Maryland sisters killed in Noyack vacation home fire, official says

Twenty-nine offenses have been issued against each of the two owners of what Southampton city officials say was an illegal vacation rental without working smoke alarms in Noyack, where two Maryland sisters were killed in a fire early in the month.

The husband and wife who owned the home, identified as Peter and Pamela Miller, were sentenced to a total of 58 violations for multiple illegal alterations and renovations to the home and for failing to maintain security measures like smoke detectors. smoke or carbon monoxide, Southampton Chief of Emergency Management said Ryan Murphy.

The Millers could not be reached for comment on Saturday.

Firefighters said the blaze likely started in an outdoor kitchen, which spread to the rest of the home, where a family from Potomac, Maryland was staying. Two sisters, Jillian and Lindsay Weiner, 21 and 19, were killed inside. Their parents and 23-year-old brother were able to escape, with the brother jumping out of a second-story window.

“The outdoor kitchen is still the most likely cause of the fire,” Murphy said.

The violations were issued this week after firefighters and city inspectors found smoke detectors disconnected or without batteries. Officials also found no carbon monoxide detectors and other plumbing and electrical violations, Murphy said.

“Several detectors didn’t have battery backups and in the event of a power outage, they weren’t hardwired,” Murphy said. “Most of them were out of batteries and not plugged in.”

The violations issued by the city were unrelated to the deaths and are being heard in Southampton City Court, Murphy said. They range from violations to misdemeanors, he said.

Prosecutors for the Suffolk County District Attorney are reviewing the case to decide whether to pursue additional charges, he said.

The owners did not have a vacation rental license and did not undergo a pre-fire safety inspection, officials said. They also didn’t have a permit allowing outdoor cooking.

First-time offenders who operate a rental without a license face fines ranging from $150 to $1,500, up to 15 days in jail, or both, depending on city code.

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