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2 Arrested in Connection with Texas Church Fires

Posted on February 26th, 2010 No Comments

Police have arrested two men in connection with a series of arson attacks in Texas.

Investigators say 19 year-old Jason Bourque and 21 year-old Daniel George McAllister were arrested Sunday and charged with a single felony arson charge. Police records show that Bourque left graffiti in the bathroom stall of a store; the image depicted an upside-down cross topped by flames, along with the words “Little Hope was Arson.”

The Little Hope Baptist Church was the first of 11 churches that have been torched in Texas since the beginning of the new year.

Police are still investigating the other fires. Attorneys cannot comment on the case due to a gag order.

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4 Killed in Fire at Texas Apartment Complex

Posted on February 19th, 2010 No Comments

An early-morning fire at an apartment complex in Houston Friday left four people dead, including two children.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Keven Alexander, firefighters entered the ground-floor of the building and found two adult victims and then discovered two more.

The victims were two adults and two preschool-age children. All four were transported to Houston hospitals, where they were later pronounced dead, authorities say.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Arson investigators were dispatched to the scene. There have been over 7 arson fires in Texas this year.

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ATF Increases Reward for Texas Arsonist to $25K

Posted on February 9th, 2010 No Comments

The reward for information pertaining to the identity of an arsonist who has burned at least eight churches in East Texas over the last two months has been increased to $25,000.

The reward is being offered by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as the Henderson County, Texas Crime Stoppers and a church insurance company.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, anyone with information on the person or persons committing the crimes should call 903-675-0061 or 903-675-0062. Phones are answered twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You can also call 888-ATF-FIRE (888-283-3473).

Since the beginning of the new year, seven fires in east Texas and another in Temple have been ruled as arson.

The U.S. ATFE says that two church fires that occurred Monday night in Tyler, Texas are being investigated as suspicious.

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7th Texas Church Fire This Year

Posted on February 4th, 2010 No Comments

Russell Memorial United Methodist Church in Wills Point, Texas has been destroyed by fire in the seventh East Texas church fire this year.

Chuck Allen, the Van Zandt County Fire Marshal, said no injuries were reported following the fire. Allen added that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been summoned to Wills Point and will investigate the cause of the fire.
According to the ATF six church fires since Jan. 1 in east Texas are blamed on arson.

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