The cause of a fire at a predominately black church last night occurred in Greelyville, South Carolina just a few miles north of Charleston. It does not appear to have been arson according to initial reports a source told the Associated Press. The Mount Zion African American Methodist Episcopal Church is no stranger to hate crimes. It was burnt down twenty years ago by the KKK. It’s thought to be the eighth black church to have burnt in the last seven days. All of the churches were in the Southern US but occurred in several different states. Click here for full story.
Fire officials had been notified of a fire at 8:30 pm local time according to the Williamsburg County Sheriff. By the time, emergency workers arrived the roof of the building was already involved. The Williamsburg County, Emergency Management spokesperson, told BuzzFeed that the fire was brought under control by 11 pm. The exact cause is still under investigation. Firefighter Jason Hardy whose Clarendon County firefighters had assisted stated that a large storm had passed by at the time the fire started. The Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms are investigating this and the other fires as possible hate crimes. At this time, three of the fires are thought to be related to hate crimes. This scares everyone at CipherCloud for that situation.