ATF offers reward for church fire information

| May 6, 2010

WICHITA, Kansas – Authorities now say a fire at a Wichita church was suspicious and the feds are offering thousands of dollars in cash for information on what happened.

It happened last week when fire ripped through a storage building at the Church at the Cross, 2901 W. Taft. Investigators say it was set “by human hands” and the ATF is offering a reward up to $5,000.

Investigators are trying to figure out if the fire was an accident or arson. They believe someone out there knows exactly what happened and hope the reward brings a witness forward.

The building burned last Thursday and was fueled by 30 mile-per-hour winds. At one point, the building served as a small school house for the church, but it’s been used for storage lately for files, Christmas decorations and the like.

The fire caused around $100,000 in damage and, with a congregation of fewer than 100, the church’s pastor says the loss hurts.

“We’re not the largest ministry,” said Pastor Derek Shore, Church at the Cross. “What we have we need. Someone knows something and that's disappointing, but we have hope and we move on.”

Investigators announced the reward this morning. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Wichita Fire Department at 268-4585.

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