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Algonquin man accused of lighting wife's closet on fire after she files for divorce

Anthony J. Eppolito
Anthony J. Eppolito

WOODSTOCK – An Algonquin man intentionally set fire to his wife’s closet in an attempt to burn her clothes, prosecutors said in court documents charging the man with arson.

Anthony J. Eppolito, 63, was charged with the Class 2 felony after the Wednesday blaze.

Court records also indicate that Eppolito’s wife filed for divorce just two days earlier and sought sole ownership of their townhome in the 900 block of Interlock Court.

The divorce petition also states that Eppolito was verbally abusive and had threatened her in the past. The couple have no children, the petition states.

After the fire, Eppolito was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin for what fire crews said were “precautionary reasons.” Algonquin Deputy Police Chief Andrew Doles said Eppolito was treated for smoke inhalation. There were no other injuries.

A Northwest Herald report from the time stated that when fire crews arrived on the scene, there was smoke showing from the inside of multi-unit townhome. Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Mike Kern said Monday it was a small, contained fire and that the home sustained mainly smoke damage.

According to the jail log, Eppolito posted $5,000 bond Saturday and was released. There is no defense attorney on record for him yet. He is due in court Tuesday before Judge Michael Feetterer on the criminal matter. If convicted, he faces a potential prison sentence between three and seven years.

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