ATF blames Texas church fires on serial arsonist
POSTED: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 9:19am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 4:20am
TYLER- Federal authorities believe a string of church fires in east Texas is the work of a serial arsonist or a group of arsonists.
Clay Alexander with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the agency believes eight fires reported since Jan. 1 were the work of at least one arsonist.
Seven churches in east Texas and one in central Texas have been set ablaze.
Then two more churches were set on fire Monday night in the Tyler area — and they're being investigated as arson.
ATF has set up a hotline for tips on who's responsible for the blazes. People wanting to offer information can call: 888-ATF-FIRE.
Meanwhile, Rusk County Sheriff Danny Pirtle has asked to meet with area church leaders tomorrow to discuss safety measures.