State Rep. Dwight Kay's Edwardsville office burns in suspicious fire

News-DemocratNovember 19, 2013 

An office building including the offices of State Rep. Dwight Kay burned in what authorities are calling a suspicious fire.

The Edwardsville Fire Department was called to 101 South Pointe Drive at 8:55 p.m. Monday. The building, which is set back from Illinois 157 south of Edwardsville High School, includes Kay's offices and the offices of State Farm Insurance agent Ted Mitchell, as well as three smaller offices on the lower level.

The building was closed at the time of the blaze and no one was injured.

Edwardsville Fire Chief Rick Welle said half the building has significant damage from the flames and the other half has smoke damage. But Welle said the office remains structurally sound.

However, Welle confirmed that the fire is suspicious in nature. While he declined to say what factors led them to this conclusion, he said that "it's fair to say there were clear signs this may not have been an accidental fire."

The Illinois State Fire Marshal has been called in, and the Illinois State Police forensic units are processing evidence. Edwardsville Police and Fire departments remain the lead investigators, Welle said.

Meanwhile, Kay's staff is making arrangements to keep the representative in touch with the people of his district until they can set up a temporary office.

"It's important for my constituents to know my office will continue to provide service to those with issues concerning state government by phone and email until we get our district office back open," said Kay, R-Glen Carbon. "In the coming weeks my office will be announcing satellite office hours in the metro-east for constituents (who) prefer discussing issues in person instead of electronically."

Kay said Tuesday that he can be reached by telephone at 618-307-9200 or by email at dwightkay112@gmail.com while temporary accommodations are set up for his office.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 618-239-2626. Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 618-239-2507.

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