Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Suspicious Blaze Guts Padilla Law Offices.(Journal North)

Byline: Journal Staff Report

Fire Marshal Is Investigating

A fire of suspicious origin gutted Ernie Padilla's law office off St. Francis Drive near the exit to St. Michael's Drive early Wednesday morning, the Santa Fe Fire Marshal said.

"It looks suspicious at this time, yes," Fire Marshal Ted Bolleter said. "I can't elaborate much beyond that."

Bolleter said firefighters were dispatched to the blaze around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

They returned around 9:46 a.m. because some materials in the law office had reignited, Bolleter said.

"There were some smoldering books," he said. "Because of the heavy combustibles, it did take a while to extinguish the fire. …

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