KETR Local
6:07 am
Wed February 10, 2010

ATF sets up hotline in wake of recent church fires


– The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has set up a hotline for tips on who's responsible for a string of Texas church fires ruled arson.

The federal agency on Tuesday announced people wanting to offer information can call: 888-ATF-FIRE.

The Texas Department of Public Safety also said arson tip calls would be answered at 903-675-0061, or 0062. DPS says a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identity of the arsonist.

Seven blazes this year in east Texas and another in Temple have been ruled arson.

ATF says two church fires Monday night in the Tyler area are being investigated as suspicious.