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Westport Inn at Longshore Fire Blamed on Overheated Steam Pipe

The Christmas Day fire that heavily damaged parts of Westport’s Inn at Longshore was caused by an overheated basement steam pipe, Westport Fire Chief Denis McCarthy said today.

Meanwhile, the operator of the landmark building, Rory Tagert, said he hoped to reopen in time for a Thursday wedding. He said restoration of five damaged guest rooms in the 1920s structure owned by the town will take longer.

Preliminary investigation of the predawn blaze found that the likely cause was a hot steam pipe adjacent to a floor joist in the basement, McCarthy said.

Known as pyrolysis, this involves a longtime buildup of heat that causes charring or decomposition of surrounding material.

Connecticut Governor Undergoes Breast Cancer Surgery

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell addresses Westport’s Y’s Men last January. WestportNow.com photoGov. M. Jodi Rell has breast cancer and underwent surgery today at Danbury Hospital, her office announced.

It said the breast cancer was diagnosed last week after a routine mammogram.

Rell, 58, had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery performed and was recovering this evening after being in surgery for much of the afternoon, her office said. She is expected to be in the hospital for about three days, according to the announcement.

It said the cancer “was caught in its very early stages in fact, the cancer itself did not appear on the mammogram and was only discovered during a biopsy of a non-cancerous calcium deposit ֖ and tests have shown the disease has not spread.”