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ATF Offers Reward in Church Fire Investigation

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mo.- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with the Missouri Division of Fire Safety and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fire at the Providence Baptist Church and Parsonage in Williamstown.

The investigators are meticulously working to uncover evidence and to determine the origin and cause of the blaze.  Investigators focusing on leads are calling on members of the public for information to help move the case along more quickly.

This fire occurred on Thursday, January 4th.  At just after 5 am that morning, the Canton R-V Fire Protection District was dispatched to the church and was supported by several other fire departments.  The church and parsonage were both fully engulfed in flames.  No firefighters or first responders were injured while battling the blaze.

Anyone with information regarding the fire should contact ATF at 888-ATF-TIPS.  You can also submit tips through the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department website at

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