An alert motorist stopped and pulled two people to safety from inside a burning century-old Shelter Rock inn Wednesday night after first noticing flames shooting out a third-story attic, officials said.
Officials with the Shelter Island Police Department said the fire broke out at about 9:30 p.m. at the inn, located at 163 N. Ferry Rd. The fire was eventually brought under control. It was likely started by accident inside a brick and mortar chimney at the inn and quickly engulfed the buildings third-story attic, officials said. After seeing the flames, the motorist stopped and got the attention of two people inside and then entered the burning building, guiding the pair to safety.
None of the three were injured but a firefighter responding sustained minor burns and was transported to Eastern Long Island Hospital for treatment, officials said.
A Shelter Island resident said during the winter, the inn is usually occupied only by the two resident owners.
Sag Harbor and Greenport fire departments, according to fire officials.