Pastor Speaks Out After Church Fire in Crane

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

CRANE - A Crane church burns to the ground and investigators say it's arson. One man is behind bars for the crime. The big question. Is he responsible for a string of arson fires to hit Crane?

"I got wind of this while I was in Houston that my church was on fire," Ellis Lane, Pastor of the Faith in Church Christ in Crane, said.

Lane had been a Pastor at the church for more than 25 years and while out of town he had to come home to this.

"I am saddened in the fact that someone could have a mind to destroy Gods property," Lane said.

But this was not just a church; this was also a food bank, a homeless shelter and a rehab center.

"This was a community church, we tried to address the problems of low income and the elderly," Lane said.

But the church wasn't the only building that caught on fire on Tuesday night a business, a home and a vehicle also caught on fire.

So far, police have arrested 25-year-old Steven Cantrell for the fires.

Cantrell turned himself in Tuesday night for sparking up the church fire.

"The State Marshals and ATF are here to assist us. We will see if the other fires are related," Crane Chief of Police, JD Smith, said.

In the meantime, the Pastor has faith things will work out.

"We are in God's hands, he will tell us what to do," Lane said.

Cantrell faces one count of arson and depending on the investigation more charges could come later.