ATF: Arson caused 6 E Texas church fires this year

| January 21, 2010

TYLER, Texas – Investigators of a string of east Texas church fires say they've determined arson caused three more of the fires.

Thomas Crowley is a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Dallas. He said Thursday that fires at two Tyler churches and one Wednesday in nearby Lindale brings to six the count of east Texas church fires since Jan. 1 blamed on arson.

The three other fires are in the Athens area, about 70 miles southeast of Dallas and 35 miles southwest of Tyler. Crowley said two other east Texas church fires remain under investigation — one in Corsicana late last year and another in nearby Kerens (KURNZ).

ATF agents from Houston also are investigating a fire earlier this week that devastated the First Baptist Church in Temple.

No injuries have been reported.

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