Official: Fire at South Carolina Black Church Wasn't Arson

A federal law enforcement official said Wednesday, a fire that destroyed a black church that 20 years ago was a target of the Ku Klux Klan was not the work of an arsonist. Greeleyville is a town of about 400 people around 50 miles north of Charleston, where a pastor and eight members of a historic black church were fatally shot June 17 in what authorities are investigating as a hate crime. The fire — reported about 9 p.m. Tuesday as storms moved through the area — occurred as federal authorities also investigate a series of fires at black churches in several Southern states. So far, there is no indication the fires are related.



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