Two Maryland sisters were killed Wednesday morning in a fire at their vacation home in Southampton.
Jillian, 21, and Lindsay Wiener, 19, were sleeping when the fire broke out at the Noyack Bay home around 3:30 a.m., according to WRC-TV.
Their father Lewis Wiener, 60, was awakened by broken glass and tried to drag his wife and children out of the house.
The sisters were trapped in their upstairs bedroom, the outlet reported.
Their father reportedly tried to enter the house to save his daughters but was unable to penetrate the flames.
“My heart is filled with sadness on hearing this news,” Goli Azhdam, a friend and neighbor of the Potomac family, told the station.
“I’ve known them since they were born and it’s really shocking. Truly, extremely sad news.
Jillian was an incoming senior at the University of Michigan and Lindsay was scheduled to return to Tulane University for her sophomore year.
Lewis is president of one of the largest Reform Jewish synagogues in the country.
“The world lost two beautiful lights today, and the Jewish congregational community in Washington is heartbroken,” the synagogue reportedly said.
Through their leadership and service, acts of kindness and friendship, the Wiener family – Lewis, Alisa, Zach, Jillian and Lindsay – touched so many lives in Washington Hebrew.
Southampton Police officials were not immediately available for comment.
The fire did not appear suspicious, according to police sources. His cause was under investigation.
New York Post