UPDATE: ATF offering reward for information on Harwood church arson
HARWOOD, N.D. (Valley News Live) – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with its investigative partners, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the arson of the Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church near Harwood, North Dakota.
Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church, located at 8711 40th Avenue North, just outside of Harwood, caught fire on the morning of Friday, June 17. The fire was reported by a passerby who saw smoke coming out of the windows shortly after 8:00 a.m.
The Sheriff’s Office says no one was hurt and they are investigating the cause of the fire. The ATF says there is significant damage to the church.
An ATF Certified Fire Investigator, who typically responds to fires related to houses of worship, worked alongside the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the North Dakota State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation to determine that the fire at the church was a result of an act of arson.
Anyone with information about the fire or identification of the individuals involved is asked to contact ATF. Call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via www.ReportIt.com or the Report It mobile app, available on Google Play or Apple Apps Store.
When using Report It, select “ATF – St. Paul Field Division” as the reporting agency. For those providing information, include as many details as possible relating to the fire and/or the identity and whereabouts of the individual or individuals responsible for the blaze. If a reward is sought, please include your name and contact information.
To be eligible for the reward, information provided must lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the arson.
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