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Reward Notice

Contact: Rob Cucinotta, Special Agent & PIO
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 13, 2021

ATF, Citizens Crime Commission Offer $20K Reward in St. Leo’s Church Fire

PHILADELPHIA — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Citizens Crime Commission announced a reward today for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the May 9 fire at St. Leo’s Church.

ATF is offering up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for setting the fire. The Citizens Crime Commission is offering up to an additional $10,000, bringing the reward up to $20,000.

The fire destroyed the historical building located in the Tacony section of Philadelphia and was determined to be incendiary in nature. ATF, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Philadelphia Fire Marshal’s Office are working together to investigate this crime of violence.  

Anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for the fire should contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477), email, or contact ATF through its website at Tips can also be made to the Philadelphia Fire Marshal’s office via mobile device by following: 

Tips may also be submitted to ATF using the ReportIt® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting

All calls and tips will be kept confidential. More information about ATF and its programs are available at

St. Leo's Church before (left) and after (right) the fire.

On the left is St. Leo's Church before the fire. On the right is St. Leo's Church after the fire. In front of the building the stones from the upper half of the building are piled on the steps. A construction crew are in the foreground, one person with a broom and another driving a front end loader clearing the rubble from the street.

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