A reward is being offered for information regarding the fire at Gideon Grove United Methodist Church and two other churches.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for a rash of recent church fires.
On Dec. 22, 2012 at around 10 p.m., a fire was set to Gideon Grove United Methodist Church in Stokesdale, destroying the church and causing more than $1 million in damage. On the next night, at around 9:51 p.m., an intentional fire was set at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Stokesdale, which caused approximately $50,000 in damage.
On Jan. 2, an intentional fire was set at Bethel United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge.
A newly-formed Church Fire Investigation Task Force, consisting of ATF agents, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Guilford County Fire Marshal, Guilford County Sheriff's Office, Rockingham County Fire Marshal and Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, is investigating the fires.
Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF's Greensboro field office at 235-4900, the ATF Arson hotline: (888) ATF-FIRE, the NCSBI tip line: (800) 334-3000, Guilford County Crimestoppers: 373-1000 or the Rockingham County Crimestoppers: (336) 349-9683. All information will be treated confidentially and callers can remain anonymous.