Church destroyed by fire one year ago in Williamsburg County

Mt. Zion AME church fire
Smoke rises from Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church late Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C., which caught fire Tuesday. The African-American church that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) — Thursday, June 30 marked the one year anniversary of a fire that torched a Lowcountry church.

State and federal investigators said the three-alarm fire at Mt. Zion AME church in Williamsburg County as caused by natural circumstances. The 8,000-square-foot church was destroyed.

This was the second time fire affected Mount Zion church. It was set on fire on June 20, 1995 by two members of the Ku Klux Klan, who pleaded guilty the following year. President Bill Clinton attended the rededication of the rebuilt church a year later.

RELATED: SLED: Fire Mt. Zion AME church due to natural causes

Authorities received the call about the blaze just before 9 p.m. on June 30. Multiple fire agencies including Williamsburg County, Clarendon County, South Lynches Fire Departments all responded. It was under control shortly before midnight, Clarendon County Fire Department officials said.

This was the seventh church fire across the south immediately following the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church. Three fires in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida were attributed to arson.

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