Investigation continues into string of church fires

Tyler – Federal authorities are continuing to investigate a rash of church fires in East Texas, where seven such blazes have been reported since Jan. 1.

Police said the latest Tyler-area fire at Fellowship of Prairie Creek church in Lindale was quickly contained Wednesday morning. No injuries or deaths have been reported. The Lindale fire came after two weekend church fires in Tyler.

Authorities have not said the fires are linked, or whether arson was the cause. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives moved in last week after three church fires were reported over 12 days in nearby Athens.