Courier-Life is reporting that FDNY officials regard the fire at Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza as “suspicious” and possibly arson:

The early-morning fire that ate through a Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza restaurant may have been arson, FDNY officials said this week.

An FDNY spokesman said that fire marshals are treating the fire at XO Creperie, 2027 Emmons Avenue, as “suspicious” as they try to determine how the blaze was sparked.

Firefighters were called to the restaurant at 5:30 a.m. on November 21 after the flames triggered a fire alarm inside the restaurant, officials said. The blaze was put out within 50 minutes.

No one was inside the eatery when the fire broke out, although a firefighter suffered a strained shoulder as he doused the blaze.

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