Arson at the Seagrape

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Update Nov. 3:  Fairfield police and fire officials said today that video surveillance footage showed evidence of arson in the fire at the Seagrape Cafe early Saturday morning. They also offered further details of the fire, which broke out in a rear room of the Reef Road restaurant and bar.

According to officials, at 4:45 a.m. on Oct. 31, wired smoke, heat and waterflow alarms at the Seagrape  sent automatic reports to the fire department, which responded to the blaze within six minutes.

Firefighters saw visible flame through a fan grate at the back of the building, and using a circular saw, gained access to the fire, which they quickly extinguished with help from the Westport Fire Department.

Fire Marshal Bill Kessler said two working sprinkler heads in the restaurant were activated and kept the fire from spreading to the adjacent inn and nearby condos.

When evidence analyzed at a state lab showed the fire was not accidental or natural, Fairfield fire and police detectives looked at video surveillance film of the scene, which they said showed evidence of arson, and specifically of  an accelerant being used to start and spread the fire.

Officials said the fire remains under investigation, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Fairfield Police Department Detective Bureau at (203) 254-4840.

 

 

 

Original report Nov. 1: Fairfield police say a fire at the Seagrape Cafe early yesterday morning appears to have been intentionally set.

According to a press release issued today by the Fairfield Police Department, a small fire near the back door of the Seagrape, a restaurant and bar located at 1144 Reef Road, triggered an alarm at 3:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

The Seagrape Cafe and adjoining motel were evacuated last week after a bomb threat was called in to Fairfield University’s switchboard.

In today’s press release, police said Friday’s fire is under investigation and appears to have been intentionally set. Due to the suspicious nature of the fire and the building’s location in a densely populated residential neighborhood, police said they are aggressively pursuing all leads.

Anyone with information about the fire is urged to contact the Fairfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 203-254-4840.

 

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