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ATF Offering Reward for Suspect Who Set Lutheran Church in Hollywood on Fire

Arson incident happened in July at Lutheran Memorial Lutheran Church

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward for a suspect who was caught on camera setting a Lutheran church in Hollywood on fire.

The fire happened back on July 15 at the Lutheran Memorial Lutheran Church located at 1925 North State Road 7, ATF officials said Thursday.

Authorities released surveillance footage of the suspect setting the fire just before 3 a.m.

"It just flared up right in front of him," Lutheran Memorial Vice Chair Jerry Bennett said. "He knew what he was doing. And he knew what he wanted to do."

The suspect, who was on foot, left behind a red plastic gas container, officials said.

Officials said the fire caused significant damage to the church.

RAW: Surveillance footage shows a suspect setting Lutheran Memorial Lutheran Church on fire in Hollywood.

"I'm not sure if it's a hate crime or if he is just some confused soul walking around. I don't know if he had an issue with God or one of the groups that meet with us," Bennett said.

A reward of $7,500 was being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-ATF-TIPS.

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