ATF Offers $5,000 Reward In Gettysburg Arson

Dec 08, 2010, 09:33 ET from Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the Dec. 3 arson at the United States Christian Commission Civil War Chapel was announced today by Mark Potter, Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The fire incident at the Chapel, located at 112 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, occurred at approximately 3:00 am on Dec. 3. There have been no reported injuries at this time. The fire that began at the Chapel destroyed three other buildings, causing losses in excess of $200,000. The arson investigation is being conducted by investigators from ATF, the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshals, and the Gettysburg Borough Police Department.

Investigators have ruled the cause of the fire to be incendiary. Investigators are seeking assistance from the public that may assist them in solving the case.

Anyone having information should call the ATF hotline 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473).

"ATF is committed to working with our State and local partners to find the responsible arsonist and to keep our community a safe place to live and work." said Potter.  "We ask the community to provide any information that would lead investigators to those responsible for the act."

ATF is the primary, Federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for investigating crimes of arson.  More information on ATF and its programs can be found at

Contact: Special Agent Steven Bartholomew

Public Information Officer, ATF

(215) 446-7808

SOURCE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives