Authorities are offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for a fire that destroyed a historic Northeast Philadelphia church.
The two-alarm blaze gutted St. Leo the Great Church in the Tacony neighborhood Sunday afternoon. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the fire was “incendiary in nature” and that the bureau was working with the Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate “this crime of violence.”
It took firefighters about 1 ½ hours to extinguish the flames.
Built in 1884, St. Leo had been a community landmark in Tacony for more than 135 years. It became a worship site in 2013 after merging with Our Lady of Consolation Parish and it permanently closed in January 2019, according to a report by the Northeast Times.
People can also submit anonymous tips online to the Philadelphia Fire Marshal’s Office.
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