State Fire Marshal's Office to Set Up Command Post in East Alabama

It was just two years ago three college students set nine churches on fire. Now, with three fires in just four days in East Alabama authorities are worried. "It is of grave concern to us," said Ragan Ingram with the State Department of Insurance.

Ingram says it's too early in the investigation to tell if the fires are copycats or if the blazes are even related.  He says,  "Right now we are gathering evidence, following leads."

The one thing they do know - the fires were intentionally set. The State Fire Marshal's Office is setting up a command post to share resources and information. Hopefully their investigation will be confined to only three fires. Ingram says they're, "Hoping and praying there are no other fires."

Last weekend, a fire destroyed a church in Chilton County. Officials have not determined if it was arson, but do call it suspicious.  Saturday, the ATF will hold a press conference to update the public on its investigation of the three East Alabama fires. Of course, WSFA 12 News will have coverage.