- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Federal investigators say the presence of ignitable liquid has been found at the scene of two West Tennessee church fires that took place in January.

Michael P. Knight, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Friday the agency is still investigating whether fires at a Methodist church in Haywood County and at a non-denominational church in Lauderdale County were intentionally set.

The Haywood County church was a total loss, while the church in Lauderdale suffered significant damage.

Knight says samples from both scenes were taken to the bureau’s laboratory in Atlanta for analysis. He says examples of ignitable liquid could include kerosene, gasoline and charcoal starters.

Members of the public who have information about the fires are being asked to contact local authorities.


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