Updated Aug. 4, 2022, 7:40 a.m.
Jillian Wiener, 21, and Lindsay Wiener, 19, of Potomac, died before daylight today when a fire broke out in their family’s summer rental house in the Hamptons, according to reports.
Their parents, Lewis and Alisa Wiener, escaped with non-life-threatening injuries. Their brother, Zachary, escaped through a second-story window. His injuries were also non-life threatening.
The sisters were asleep on the second floor. After the fire was extinguished they were taken to the hospital, but had died of their injuries, according to reports.
Lewis Wiener is president of the Washington Hebrew Congregation. The synagogue issued this statement:
“The world has lost two beautiful lights today, and the Washington Hebrew Congregation community is heartbroken. Through their leadership and service, acts of kindness, and friendship, the Wiener family — Lewis, Alisa, Zach, Jillian, and Lindsay – has touched so many lives at Washington Hebrew,” the congregation said in a statement. “It was just two months ago that we came together as a community to celebrate with the Wieners when Lew was installed as our Congregation’s president. Now, as a community, we will again come together to support and lift up Lew, Alisa, and Zach in every way possible.”
Patch reported that the home had “no rental permit,” according to local Southampton Town officials, meaning that there had been no inspection of the property to ensure safety.
Ryan Murphy, public safety and emergency management administrator for Southampton Town, told Patch that “based on the town’s investigation, there were smoke detectors in the house, but he was unable to say if they were operational.”
The homeowners could not be reached for comment, according to Patch.
This is an ongoing story.