Burning East Texas Churches

East Texas has been dealing with an arsonist burning our churches since the beginning of January. It is horrible and evil and must be stopped. This information was just sent out by The Tyler police dept. and I want to share it in case someone hears something helpful.
My friend Peggye’s husband is a church pastor; their church was burned down by this arsonist last week. The picture shown here is their church, Tyland Baptist Church. The fire was started in the pulpit. Can you believe that? Horrible. Please spread the word about this so that we might reach someone who can give the police a tip.$10,000 reward!

From: Tommy Lewis
Date: January 22, 2010 6:52:58 PM CST

Subject: Church Arson Hotline


Tip line for Tyler church fires established

by David Admire – January 22, 2010

As part of the ongoing investigation into eight church fires in East Texas, federal, state and local authorities have centralized efforts by establishing a Command Center in Tyler at the Department of Public Safety Office located at 4700 University Blvd.

Additionally, an official tip line has been established that will be manned 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The Church Arson Hotline numbers are:

(903) 939-6169 or (903) 939-6172

Persons with information regarding any of the recent church fires in East Texas are highly encouraged to call the Church Arson Hotline. Any information pertaining to possible leads is critical to the investigation.

“We need as much information as possible,” said Fire Chief Neal Franklin.  “If you have any information about the fires, even if you do not think it is important, please do not hesitate to call the hotline.”

ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in these crimes.

Tommy Lewis
Communications Unit Sergeant
Tyler Police Department


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