Tag: Arson

Texas church regroups after historic sanctuary burns

| January 24, 2010 | 0 Comments



TEMPLE, Texas (ABP) — In the days following the Jan. 19 fire that destroyed the historic sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Temple, Texas, many things are still uncertain. But members insist some things are rock-solid sure — God is in control, he loves his people and there is power in prayer. A team from […]




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Tip hotline established in church arsons probe; rumor of arrested suspect false

| January 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



Local, state and federal authorities dispelled rumors Friday that an arrest was imminent in a string of church arsons, which have plagued East Texas since late December. "We do have persons of interest in the case, but some of those persons are being cleared as soon as we talk to them. As for a solid […]




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Kilgore official concerned about area church fires

| January 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



With five East Texas church fires ruled as arson, the Kilgore Fire Department and Kilgore Police Department are on alert. Ronnie Moore, director of public safety for the City of Kilgore said the police department has extra patrols on every church in the city limits of Kilgore. Arson prevention concerns vary from church to church, […]




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

| January 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



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 […]




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ATF National Response Team Activated to Investigate First Baptist Church Fire in Temple

| January 22, 2010 | 0 Comments



TEMPLE, TEXAS – The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with ATF special agents from the Austin Field Office have been activated by a request from the Temple Fire Department to investigate a fire at the First Baptist Church. The fire at the church, located at […]




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No. of suspected church arsons reaches 9

| January 22, 2010 | 0 Comments



TYLER, Texas (BP)–Early Wednesday saw two additional church fires in East Texas, bringing to nine the number of suspected arsons to churches in the region since Jan. 1. Federal investigators are working with state and local authorities in seeking clues to the string of blazes in Smith, Van Zandt and Henderson counties. According to the […]




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Αrrests in synagogue arson

| January 22, 2010 | 0 Comments



(ANA-MPA) — Three people have been arrested and two more are wanted by police on the island of Crete, accused of participating in two arson attacks on Jan. 5 and 16 targeting the historic Jewish synagogue in the port-city of Hania. In a press conference on Friday, police announced that a local man from the […]




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ATF: Arson caused 6 E Texas church fires this year

| January 21, 2010 | 1 Comment



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 […]




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Lumberton PD Chief: Teen confesses to church arson

| January 21, 2010 | 1 Comment



Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins tells KFDM News a 19 year old from Lumberton has confessed to setting a fire that heavily damaged Fletcher Emanuel Church Alive in December, and the chief says the suspect admitted setting the fire to erase evidence he burglarized the church and took money. The fire December 9 heavily damaged […]




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The mind of an arsonist

| January 21, 2010 | 1 Comment



TYLER, TX (KLTV) – As the number of church fires grow, a big concern with some East Texans is why would someone do this? "This is a way to get attention or this is a way to demonstrate some power that they have," said Barbara Hart, the coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program at UT […]




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ATF Asked To Investigate Fire That Gutted Temple’s First Baptist Church

| January 21, 2010 | 0 Comments



TEMPLE (January 20, 2010)—Temple’s Fire Marshal asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Wednesday to join the investigation of the fire that gutted the sanctuary of Temple’s First Baptist Church and an adjoining building that housed offices, music rooms and classrooms. Both buildings were destroyed and the church’s Child Development Center suffered heavy […]




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UPDATE: Fire Set In Lindale Church’s Basement; Reward Increased To $10,000

| January 21, 2010 | 0 Comments



LINDALE — A passerby’s 911 call to authorities and Lindale Fire Department’s quick response are being credited with a church being saved after a fire was set in a basement area under the old sanctuary this morning. Fire crews were dispatched shortly after 7:30 this morning to the Fellowship of Prairie Creek Bethesda House of […]




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Malaysia: Christian and Muslim places of worship attacked

| January 21, 2010 | 0 Comments



Despite the January 20 arrest of eight young men by Malaysian Police, Malaysia continues to suffer small episodes of vandalism against places of worship. On January 21, in the early hours of the night two Muslim "Surauas" – typical of traditional sites of prayer for Malaysians – were attacked in the town of Muar, in […]




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Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur: 8 young men arrested for attack on a church

| January 20, 2010 | 0 Comments



Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews / Agencies) – Malaysian police have arrested eight youths on suspicion of burning of a church in the capital, the first in a series of attacks on Christian places of worship. Bakri Zinin, chief of federal police investigator said that young people, 21 to 26 years, "are suspected of being involved in […]




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ATF ENTERS INVESTIGATION INTO CHURCH FIRES IN TYLER, TEXAS

| January 19, 2010 | 1 Comment



TYLER, Texas — The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with ATF special agents from Tyler have entered the investigation into two church fires in Tyler. There have been six church fires in the East Texas area since January 1st. On Jan. 16, at approximately 6:30 […]




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