ATF: ’09 Corsicana fire may be related to church blazes

| January 23, 2010

TYLER – Two church fires in Tyler over the weekend and yesterday's church fire in Lindale have been determined to be intentionally set, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has determined.

A church fire in Corsicana in late 2009 may also be related to the recent blazes at seven Tyler-area churches, agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said this morning in a news conference.

They said that brings to eight the number of church fires they believe may be related and intentionally set. A church fire earlier in the week in Temple is not believed to be related to the fires in this area, they said.

The Tyler Police Department also announced Thursday morning that they are instituting a new policy: if dispatch receives word of a burglary alarm at a local church, a fire engine will automatically be sent out with patrol officers. Authorities want to be sure that any crime scenes are preserved and don't turn to ash. This policy will remain in place until the person or persons responsible for the recent rash of church fires are caught.

Until then, authorities ask citizens to be vigilant. If you see something suspicious, call the police immediately.

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