$10,000 Reward Being Offered In Church Fires

A task force of local, state and federal officials is now in place to investigate two fires and a break-in at three Greenville churches this weekend. And now, a reward of $10,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest, $5000 of it from Pitt-Greenville Crimestoppers and $5000 from churches in the Pitt County area. Memorial Baptist Church located on Greenville Boulevard sustained the worst fire damage with preliminary estimates reaching 1-million dollars according to Fire Chief Mike Burton. Minister Randy McKinney says the church's education wing is charred beyond immediate repair, forcing Memorial's preschool program to relocate for the time being. Kay Godwin, the program's director, says school is canceled for the remainder of this week, but will re-open in an alternate location as early as next week. More than 200 children ages 2 through kindergarten attend the "Wee Care" program at Memorial Baptist. Minister McKinney tells us church leaders will relocate some offices to Oakmont Baptist, while services and church activities will be held at alternating church locations through the next few weeks.