Two Young Sisters Were Burned To Death In Vacation Rental

Family members of two women killed in a fire last summer claim Home Away and the owners of a Hamptons rental home misrepresented the home as safe.

According to the New York Post, the lawsuit claims the Sag Harbor, New York, home had “worthless carcasses of non-functioning alarms” despite an email from HomeAway saying it had smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and a fire extinguisher.

In an early morning fire on Aug. 3, 21-year-old Jillian Wiener and 19-year-old Lindsay Wiener perished.

“Instead of fond memories of a week on Long Island’s east end, the Wiener family is left with a nightmare.”

There was no inspection of the house’s outdoor kitchen, and the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors weren’t working, according to court documents.

They were vacationing at the house with their parents and brother, who survived.

Despite the fact that the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Southampton’s administrator of public safety and emergency management said in late August that it is likely to have originated in the outdoor kitchen. Southampton has dozens of code violations against the homeowners.

The Wiener family rented the $1.8 million house for $8,000 for the week.

This is as reckless a situation as you can find, Andres Alonso, the family’s attorney, told the Post. “It didn’t need to happen and it happened because everyone decided to take shortcuts.”