ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Fire investigators are looking for help from the public in finding the person or persons responsible for recent fires set at several area churches. They are even offering a reward. The first fire was set on October 8, 2015 at Bethel Non-Denominational Church in Jennings, MO and there have been five fires since then. All of the fires originated at the exterior door of each church and were set at a time when the church was empty.
The St. Louis Fire Department believes that the fire activity is meant to send a message.
St. Louis police and firefighters would like you to contact them if you have observed anyone who has recently expressed anger or frustration with the religious community or if you have noticed anyone or anything suspicious near the churches. You can remain anonymous and provide your information via phone, email or social media.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of $2,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the those responsible for these recent fires. Call Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477) or submit your tip online.
- Fire #1: 10/8/15 at Bethel Non-Denominational Church, - Jennings, MO
- Fire #2:10/10/15 at New North Side Baptist Church, - Jennings, MO
- Fire #3: 10/14/15 a St. Augustine Catholic Church – St. Louis, MO
- Fire #4: 10/15/15 at New Testament Church of Christ – St. Louis, MO
- Fire #5: 10/17/15 at New Life Missionary Baptist Church – St. Louis, MO
- Fire #6: 10/17/15 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church – St. Louis, MO