SLED: Mt. Zion AME church fire caused by lightning strike

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - SLED has released the cause of a fire at Mt. Zion AME church in Williamsburg County.

SLED Agents responded to a fire scene at Mt. Zion AME Church on Tuesday, June 30th 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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