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ATF offers $2,500 reward for tips on Briar Creek Road Baptist Church arsonist

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced they will offer a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of an arsonist responsible for the June 24 burning of Briar Creek Road Baptist Church.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced they will offer a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of an arsonist responsible for the June 24 burning of Briar Creek Road Baptist Church. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of an arsonist responsible for the June 24 burning of Briar Creek Road Baptist Church.

The east Charlotte church is one of six predominantly black churches in the South to burn in the last month, though not all of them were ruled arson.

Briar Creek’s education building was completely destroyed, interrupting the church’s summer day camp, Camp “Son” Shine.

Briar Creek has since moved Camp “Son” Shine to a nearby site in Plaza Midwood.

The property sustained around $250,000 in damage. Two online fundraisers have raised nearly $300,000 for the six churches.

ATF, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Charlotte Fire Department are investigating the fire. ATF has asked anyone with information to call 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473).

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