UPDATE: ATF officials hot on the trail
POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 10:37am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:17am
KETK has learned at a news conference that fire officials are interviewing neighbors and will be sending debris to labs in San Francisco related to arson.
Arson has not been ruled out.
Officials say the Athens church that went up in flames could also be arson related
The Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agency is looking for trends to connect the church fires.
Agent Tom Crowley says a dog has found significant and charges could include a first degree felony with prison time.
The rewards for information on the church fires has risen from $5,000 to $10,000.
The Fellowship of Prairie Creek on South Main caught fire this morning in Lindale.
This is the seventh East Texas church to catch fire since the start of the year.
Lindale, Dixie, Red springs, Mineola and Tyler fire crews responded to the scene.
No injuries were reported. They church was empty at the time of the fire.
The senior pastor says Wednesday night fellowship will continue as scheduled.
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