- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

SLIDELL, La. (AP) - State and federal investigators searching for leads in two arson fires at the same Slidell church during the past year have increased the reward for information to $10,000.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a news release Bayou Baptist Church was first burned in a fire in October. The congregation had just started rebuilding the damaged property when the church was set ablaze again July 2.

Both fires are being actively investigated by the ATF, St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 1, the Slidell Police Department and the Louisiana Fire Marshal’s Office.

The ATF has offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible, which combined with an earlier reward offered by Crimestoppers brings the total to $10,000.

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