Jillian Wiener, 21, and Lindsay Wiener, 19, both of Potomac, were killed in an early morning house fire in the Southampton hamlet of Noyac around 3:30am Wednesday morning. The sisters, who are both graduates of The Holton Arms School in Bethesda, were vacationing with family, according to Lt. Susan Ralph of the Southampton Town Police Department.
According to The East Hampton Star, The father, identified as Washington Hebrew Congregation President Lewis Wiener, awakened to the sound of glass breaking and alerted the family to get out. He and his wife escaped the home, but when they realized the children hadn’t exited the home, the father attempted to gain entry back in. The flames, however, prevented him from gaining access, Southhampton Town Police Lt. Susan Ralph told reporters in a news conference. The children, including the girl’s brother Zachary, 23, were sleeping on the second floor, and the parents were sleeping on the first floor. Zachary Wiener jumped from a second-floor window to escape the flames.
“Firefighters from North Sea, Southampton, East Hampton, Bridgehampton, and Sag Harbor got the call just after 3:30 a.m. and found a house engulfed in flames. Firefighters located the two young women and rushed them by ambulance to the hospital. Medical personnel performed CPR, but the sisters had already succumbed to their injuries”, per the article.
The Washington Hebrew Congregation shared the following message on its website yesterday:
Dear Washington Hebrew Congregation Family,
It is with heartbreaking sadness that we share that Lindsay and Jillian Wiener, the daughters of WHC President Lewis Wiener and his wife Alisa, died in a house fire early this morning while the family was in New York. Lew, Alisa, and their son Zach are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The world has lost two beautiful lights today, and we are heartbroken. Through their leadership and service, acts of kindness, and friendship, the Wiener family has touched so many lives at Washington Hebrew. Please know that our clergy are here if you need compassionate support and guidance as you process this tragic loss.
Just two months ago, 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.
We will share additional information with you as it becomes available.
Please join us in prayer that God will bless Lew, Alisa and Zach with r’fuah sh’leimah – peace, comfort, and healing.
Zichronot livracha, may the memories of Jillian and Lindsay be for a blessing.
-Your Washington Hebrew Clergy and Leadership
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