Small fire at Seagrape triggers arson probe
Police and fire officials say a small fire at the Seagrape, a popular shoreline bar, early Friday morning appears to have been intentionally set and they are "aggressively pursuing any and all leads."
The fire occurred a week after a bomb threat cleared the Reef Road bar and the Seagrape Inn next door.
The blaze was found around 3:30 a.m. Friday at the back door of the bar. Police have seized physical evidence and are following up with witnesses.
A week earlier, on Oct. 24, a bomb threat was called into campus security at Fairfield University around 10 p.m., with the caller indicating the bar and inn were to be blown up. No bombs were found during a search of the premises by a State Police bomb technician and bomb-sniffing canine, called to scene at 11:30 p.m.
Management at the inn evacuated its building. While officers were discussing the threat with the manager of the bar, someone pulled a fire alarm inside and the bar also was evacuated.
Because of the suspicious nature of the fire and the Seagrape's proximity to beach area neighborhood residences, police are pursuing an investigation.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police Detective Bureau at 203-254-4840.