ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis area bomb and arson detectives are investigating the case of another church door fire. St. Augustine Catholic Church in north St. Louis is the latest target. The church is known for its generosity.
“They do everything for this area,” said nearby resident Tony Washington. He said the church gives out food, clothes and helps a lot of people in the neighborhood.
There have been two other similar fires in recent days. A small fire was set last Thursday at Bethel Non-Denominational Church located at 6380 Lillian Avenue in Jennings. Early Saturday morning there was a fire at the New Northside Missionary Baptist Church on Goodfellow.
Federal investigators with the ATF are involved with the investigation because the target of these fires appears to be churches. The St. Louis Fire Department’s Investigative unit and the St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson squad are also investigating.
“Three of any kind of fire is unusual,” said Capt. Garon Mosby, St. Louis Fire Department. He said investigators collected samples of evidence from the scene of this latest fire and will test them to determine whether a fire accelerant was used.
“When they get the results of those samples back, they’ll compile it with what they have, and they’ll know a little bit more about what happened,” said Mosby.
Investigators would also welcome a tip. This latest fire was set in the middle of the afternoon Wednesday near the corner of Minerva and Hamilton. Two of the people the church helps were in the area when they spotted the fire and called 911. The fire was quickly extinguished before it could spread. No one was hurt.