More churches up in flames:
"Two more churches erupted in flames near Tyler, Texas, on Monday night, bringing to at least eight the number of east Texas churches hit by apparent arsonists since this year....Tom Crowley, special agent with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Response Team, says his group is "very active in the area" and are investigating reports of several vehicles seen near churches at all hours in the area.
The two fires Monday night erupted within three miles of each other in Smith County and about an hour apart, the Tyler newspaper reports.
County authorities said fire was already coming out the roof of Clear Springs Missionary Baptist Church when firefighters arrived. The spokesperson said it was evident that the back door had been broken into.
Pastor Carl Samples of Dover Baptist Church says he "can't comprehend how anyone would do the Lord's house this way," the Associated Press reports."
Arson attacks on these churches were intentionally set, likely by the same person or group, federal authorities said Tuesday.