Missouri man guilty of setting fire to ex-wife's lawyer's firm

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. | A Cape Girardeau man faces up to 15 years in prison for setting fire to a local law firm that represented his ex-wife.

Jeffrey Mirgeaux pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree arson in court in Poplar Bluff.

The charges stemmed from a fire July 4 at Lowes and Drusch law firm in Cape Girardeau.

The 48-year-old admitted he scaled the roof of the law firm, bored a hole through the flat surface and poured gasoline down the hole, then used a spark from his drill to ignite the fire.

He said in court Thursday he had been drinking at the time and was bitter at the firm because they represented his ex-wife in a child custody dispute.

The sabotage caused a "flash fire" that burned out quickly and caused about $2,886 worth of damage to the building.