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Suspicious Fire Investigated At The Seagrape In Fairfield

The Fairfield Fire Department is investigating a suspicious fire at the Seagrape.
The Fairfield Fire Department is investigating a suspicious fire at the Seagrape. Photo Credit: Salvatore Trifilio, File

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A suspicious fire at the back door of the Seagrape Cafe early Saturday is under investigation by the Fairfield Police Department.

"At this time the fire is under investigation and appears to have been intentionally set," police said in a statement.

The Fairfield Fire Department responded at 3:30 a.m. Saturday to the bar at 1144 Reef Road in Fairfield due to an activated fire alarm.

The Fairfield Police Department has seized physical evidence at the scene of the fire and are following up with witnesses, the statement said.

"Due to the suspicious nature of the fire and the Seagrape’s close proximity multiple residences in the area, the Fairfield Police are aggressively pursuing any and all leads," the statement said.

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

A bomb threat had been directed at the popular bar last week. The Seagrape and the Inn at Fairfield Beach were evacuated on Friday, Oct. 24, after Fairfield University received a call about a possible bomb threat at the two locations.

Police reports show The Inn at Fairfield Beach immediately complied with police and evacuated all guests from their rooms that evening.

Management at the Seagrape did not immediately evacuate, police said. Seagrape officials said tight security at the doors during business hours led them to believe their establishment was safe and did not need to be evacuated, police said.

But during the conversation between officers and management at the Seagrape Cafe, an unknown person pulled the fire alarm and caused the evacuation, police said.

Fairfield Police called in state bomb technicians and a bomb-sniffing K-9 to inspect the properties. No sign of a bomb was found at either establishment, and patrons of both establishments were allowed to go back inside.

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