ATF team among those examining E. Side church fire

| February 18, 2013

A forensic chemist, certified fire investigators, fire protection engineers and accelerant detection dogs are just a few of the resources being used to find the cause of Friday's blaze that destroyed a historic East Side church.

More than 30 people, including the 23-member National Response Team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are examining the fire that ripped through Childress Memorial Church of God in Christ.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood stressed the need for due diligence in determining what caused the fire because of its size, that it is a church and its proximity to arson-caused building fires.

The church is a mile north of an area where there have been suspicious fires, five of which were ruled arson, in December and January. Hood said the investigation into the cause of the church fire could take a week and would start when the building was deemed safe. Hood believed that could be as early as today.

Veteran federal agents arrived from Philadelphia, Denver and California, officials said. The ATF National Response Team brought with it advanced technology and resources needed to make sure no brick, Bible or artifact would be left unturned, Hood said.

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