Authorities investigate 'suspicious' fire at Ill. state rep's office in Edwardsville


by Chris Stanford / News 4

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 4:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 5:43 PM

( -- An Illinois lawmaker says his office was ransacked during a fire that damaged his district office.

Firefighters were called Monday night to 101 S. Point Drive, where State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) has an office.  Other parts of the multi-unit building were damaged badly.  Kay’s office has smoke damage and that’s what Representative Kay expected to find, but he says there was more.

“We just observed our office has been ransacked.  I’m sure at this point, some sort of foul play may be considered,” says Representative Kay.

After taking a good look inside the office, Kay said it looks as if someone was inside looking for something.

“All the desk drawers were pulled out, emptied. All the papers on the desktops were thrown on the floor,” says Representative Kay.

Edwardsville police and the state Fire Marshall are investigating the incident. They say it’s suspicious and are working to find out if it was intentionally started. 

“We’re going to follow every lead we determine relevant, go from there and see what happens,” says Edwardsville Police Staff Sergeant Michael Lybarger.

Representative Kay and his staff left with their most important items and they’re not certain if anything was taken.

“We will inventory all the files, but it’s too early to tell that,” says Rep. Kay.

Kay’s staff is working on setting up a temporary office in the district.  Phone calls and emails are being handled by his Springfield.