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Permits needed before reopening hall at Saint Clements Castle

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Crews responded to a fire at a secondary location of St. Clement's Castle in Portland last month (WFSB). Crews responded to a fire at a secondary location of St. Clement's Castle in Portland last month (WFSB).
EAST HAMPTON, CT (WFSB) -

There are new developments with the Saint Clements Castle, which is a popular banquet spot in East Hampton.

A second-alarm fire was reported at the Port Hampton Marina Club Banquet Hall on June 25 while the building was being used for a wedding.

East Hampton officials said that particular building is zoned as a storage facility, not for use as a banquet hall, and if they rebuild, they will need a number of items including new permits.

"It appears what they've done and what they have done is an illegal expansion of a nonconformity,” Jeremy Decarli with East Hampton Planning and Zoning said. “So what we have determined going through their records they have been marketing as a banquet facility holding special events."

Town officials said the fire is still under investigation. They added it may have started from a pot left on a stove.

In a letter to the town, an attorney for Saint Clements Castle said no banquet events will be held at the property while it's zoned for residential use.

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