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Westport clam shack fire ruled suspicious

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WESTPORT, Mass. (WLNE) — An early Tuesday morning fire at a former Westport clam shack is being investigated as suspicious.

The once popular Macray’s Clam Shack on State Road in Westport is now a pile of charred debris.

Neighbor Kyle Gaudreau woke up to the fire prior to 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.

“I just seen a ball of fire in front of the house basically. It was pretty crazy,” said Gaudreau. He says the building has been empty since the 1990s. Therefore, he immediately thought this was arson.

“Someone did it. I mean there’s no power over there, no gas. No electric. So you know someone intentionally set it. So it’s pretty scary to see,” said Gaudreau.

A reward is now being offered to help catch who ever started this fire, but neighbors say arson posters are becoming all too common in the area.

This is the 4th fire recently that officials believe was intentionally set.

Investigators were asking anyone driving by Tuesday morning, who saw anything suspicious, to come forward.

“Not surprised by the act,” said Johanna Assad. “There are a lot of people on the highway. We’ve got all kinds. When I get up sometimes in the morning my driveway’s got junk on it.”

Still, she says it is a loss and is holding onto memories of the seafood spots glory days.

Assad told ABC6 News that lines used to form for their delicious meals.

“They’d come with their lemons. The clams! They’d put lemons on the clams. On a Friday night I’d tell them I was coming and they’d get it ready. They were very good,” said Assad.

The name Macray’s is now carried on at a restaurant in Tiverton. The owners there told ABC6 that they too were saddened to hear about the roadside landmark’s fate.

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