After a spate of arsons at six black churches in several southern states prompted a federal investigation, a fire broke out in yet another predominantly black congregation in South Carolina on Tuesday.
A fire has heavily damaged the Mt. Zion AME Church in Greeleyville – a church already rebuilt once after its previous structure was burned down in 1995 by the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan.
No injuries were reported and the blaze was brought under control, according to fire department officials.
CCFD on scene mutual aide to Williamsburg County for working fire at Mt. Zion AME Church. Fire now under control. pic.twitter.com/Wt13RLGQDo— Clarendon County FD (@clarendonfire) July 1, 2015
Heavy fire at Mt Zion AME church near Greeleyville in Williamsburg County. Mutual aid dept's on scene. pic.twitter.com/GoQESXdJPS— Carter Jones (@SCFireCarter) July 1, 2015
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Officials don't yet know what caused the fire.
Mt. Zion AME is now the seventh church to go up in flames in almost a week following the tragedy in Charleston in which 21-year-old Dylann Roof allegedly shot and killed nine people in Emanuel AME Church.
Though the FBI has denied any evidence connecting the blazes, outraged people have taken to Twitter raising concern over the similar incidents of arson using the hashtag #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches.
7 Black churches set on fire in a WEEK. At least 3 confirmed arsons? What are we doing about it?! #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) July 1, 2015
While we have not yet apprehended #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches, we know that they will never destroy our spirit. We will endure. We will win.— deray mckesson (@deray) June 30, 2015
This is domestic terrorism aimed at our fellow citizens. Everyone should be asking #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) June 30, 2015
Offended by property damage during protests? Are you equally offended by destruction of black churches. #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches— Yolanda Pierce (@YNPierce) June 30, 2015
Define terrorism: Me telling my mother not to attend church this Sunday #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches— BlackGirlNerds (@BlackGirlNerds) July 1, 2015
No evidence of hate crimes? Six black churches burned in a few weeks? #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches? We need massive resources focused on this.— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) July 1, 2015
Other churches that caught fire in the past week include College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee; God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia; Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; Glover Grove Baptist Church in Warrenville, South Carolina; the Greater Miracle Apostolic Holiness Church in Tallahassee, Florida; and Fruitland Presbyterian Church in Gibson County, Tennessee.