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Arson suspected in overnight fire that damaged Trinity church

Source: Trinity Police Department Source: Trinity Police Department
TRINITY, TX (KTRE) -

Texas State Fire Marshals are investigating a fire that occurred at the Open Doors Outreach Ministry Church in Trinity early Tuesday morning.

According to the Trinity Police Department's Webpage, police and firefighters responded to a fire at the Open Doors Outreach Ministry Church on Main Street at approximately 2 a.m.

“The Texas State Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of the fire at this time,” the Webpage stated. “It will be up to the fire marshals to declare this an actual arson. However, we believe that one or more suspects broke into the church, poured an ignitable liquid on the floor, and set it on fire.”

The Trinity PD Webpage stated that authorities believe because the church's doors were closed, the fire didn't have enough oxygen to continue burning. However, the fire did cause severe damage to the inside of the church.

 Although the alleged arsonists remain at large, Bobby Coleman, the church's pastor, can't believe that someone did this to the church.

 "If someone  has a problem with me, that's with me," Coleman said. "It doesn't have anything to do with the church. I never thought it would lead to this."

Anyone with any information about this suspected arson case is urged to call Chief Steve Jones at the Trinity Police Department at (936) 594-2505 or the Trinity County Crime Stoppers program at (936) 642-2334. You can also contact the State Fire Marshal Department at 1-877-434-7345. They are offering a reward for any information that leads to the arrest of person or persons responsible.

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