A substantial reward is being offered in connection with a fire last week in Fruita that was intentionally set.

Investigation Continues

It was early in the morning on April 26 when the Fruita Police Department and the Lower Valley Fire District responded to a fire at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 417 E. Ottley Avenue. The church sustained significant damage and arson is suspected.

The investigation into the devastating fire is continuing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Fruita Police Department, and the Lower Valley Fire District. Authorities are asking the public for any video of security cameras in the area that may show suspicious activity or vehicles late that Sunday night and early Monday morning.

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Reward Offered

A reward of $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or individuals responsible for setting the fire.

Anyone who has information to report can contact the ATF Hotline 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473), the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), the Fruita Police Department at 970-242-6707, or Crime Stoppers of Mesa County at 970-241-STOP (970-241-7867).

Tips can also be submitted via email to ATFTips@atf.gov,  and through the ATF website. Tips can be submitted anonymously by using the Reportit app or by visiting www.reportit.com. You can also submit times online on the FBI website.

It's likely that somebody knows something about the fire, saw something, or has some video footage that could provide some clues in this case. The worst thing that can happen at this point is having someone think their information is not significant. It might not be, but, then again maybe it is. Please share whatever information you have. It could help solve the case - and it could earn you a nice reward.

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