Georgetown County church destroyed by fire

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and other agencies are investigating a fire that destroyed Cumberland AME Church in Georgetown Thursday night.

According to Georgetown County Fire Battalion Chief David Geney, firefighters received the first call about the fire on Pennyroyal Road at 7:30 p.m.

“First crew got on scene at 7:33,” Geney said.  “Working structure fire.  At the time, called for additional resources from our two neighboring departments and another ladder truck, also.”

In all, Geney estimates that 75 firefighters were called to the scene to help douse the flames.

It took firefighters about two and a half hours to gain control of the fire.   Crews remained on the scene late into the night as they doused a number of hot spots.

Geney tells News 2 that the fire started during a thunderstorm.  It was not immediately clear if the building was struck by lightning.

No one was hurt.

Georgetown County records suggest that a church has stood at the property since at least 1901.

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