SLED: Mt. Zion AME church fire not arson - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

SLED: Mt. Zion AME church fire not arson

Mt. Zion AME Church burned Tuesday in Williamsburg County. Mt. Zion AME Church burned Tuesday in Williamsburg County.

WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Investigators have ruled out arson as the cause of a South Carolina church fire.

SLED Agents responded to a fire scene at Mt. Zion AME Church on Tuesday, June 30 at the request of the Williamsburg County Fire Department.

SLED, along with investigators from the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office and the ATF processed the scene and submitted evidence to SLED’s forensic laboratory.

Based upon the scene examination, the fire debris analysis, witness statements and a lightning strike report, the cause of the fire was best classified as natural. Investigators observed no indicator of criminal intent.

The investigation is complete.

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