Video brings increased scrutiny in Cedar Hill church fire

| June 2, 2013

CEDAR HILL — New video given to News 8 shows Graceland Community Baptist Church burning down on May 15.

The fire at the Cedar Hill house of worship was intense and burned quickly, and that makes investigators suspicious.

News 8 has learned the state fire marshal's arson dog did alert investigators to something suspicious on what was left of the fiberglass baptismal. Samples gathered by arson investigators including the ATF have been sent to a lab for analysis.

“My thought is, how could someone harm a house of worship?" said Pastor Cedric Stricklin.

He said the church has been around for 20 years, and was almost paid off.

"To see it all go up in flames, it was very devastating," he said.

In a memo to city leaders, the city's fire marshal said the fire remains under investigation, but is suspicious due to how quickly it evolved.

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