John on February 11, 2010 at 5:07 am
The ATF is saying it’s arson:
Tom Crowley, spokesman for the agency at its Dallas office, said investigators concluded Wednesday that both fires were acts of arson.
Clay Alexander, head of the agency’s Tyler office, said the agency believes eight other church fires reported since January were caused by one or more arsonists.
“We’re not getting a lot of sleep. We’re tired. We’re frustrated that this is continuing to happen. But we remain strong in our belief that we’re going to find who did this,” Alexander said
There were no injuries reported in either fire but damage was extensive, Smith County Assistant Fire Marshal Oren Hale said.
“They were big ones. They’re not to the ground, but they’ll be total losses,” he said.
There were items taken from some of the churches, so they’re not assuming these are hate crimes yet. But really, why burn the church if all you want is to rob it. Why not just break in and then leave?
Recall that something very similar to this happened back in 2006 when three college aged men went on an arson spree in Alabama. In that case, the students said the arson spree began as a “joke” and authorities were quick to say there was no religious motive. However, it later came out that the group were self-described “Satanists.” Just because authorities downplay a religious motive doesn’t mean there isn’t one.
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