Investigators still search for cause of Saugatuck Church fire
Updated 7:35 am, Thursday, January 5, 2012
More than a month into Westport fire officials' investigation of the fire that ravaged a section of the Saugatuck Congregational Church complex, the cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.
Westport fire and police officials, representatives of the state fire marshal and insurance investigators plan to meet next week to discuss findings so far in the probe into the Nov. 20 church blaze, Zygmant added.
Zygmant discounted possible parallels between the Saugatuck Congregational fire and the conflagration that destroyed the Somers Congregational Church on Sunday night in the upstate town of Somers.
"I haven't been in contact with anyone from up there, as far as the locals or the state, from anyone who was at the fire," he said. "The only thing I know about it is what I saw on the news."
Saugatuck Congregational Church members, meanwhile, have offered public support to their counterparts in Somers.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the members of Somers Congregational Church," reads a statement on the Saugatuck congregation's website. "We hope and trust that they will be supported and uplifted by their community the way we have been supported and uplifted by ours."
The church will continue using Temple Israel for its Sunday services for the indefinite future, Saugatuck officials announced recently.