The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with local investigators looking into the arson fire that destroyed the Flood Christian Church, the church where Michael Brown Sr., father of Michael Brown Jr. was baptized over the weekend.
The church is located on a section of West Florissant Avenue that was otherwise untouched by the violence, looting and arson that followed the announcement that Darren Wilson will face no charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9. There were a dozen other buildings burned, but none were in the vicinity of the church which the pastor, Carlton Lee, told NBC news he thinks was torched by white supremacists who he said have threatened him since the shooting because of his outspoken support for the family.
“The police called me and told me the church was on fire,” Lee said. “I was in complete disbelief. I didn’t think anyone would set a church on fire.”
“This is a slow and painstaking process,” said John Ham, a spokesman for the BATFE.
Reverend Lee said that he had told Michael Brown Sr. about the fire on Tuesday afternoon, “He was just devastated again,” he said.
He said that Brown had pledged to help rebuild the church which was extensively damaged in the blaze.
“Sunday, we do the baptism, Monday, the church is one fire. It just doesn’t add up,” he said.
“We rebuild,” Lee said. “We do not stop.”
Watch the video below from NBC news.