Fire at Mt. Zion AME Church in South Carolina Attributed to 'Natural' Causes

Mt. Zion Church was destroyed by a fire.

The finding comes amid a period of heightened alert about a series of recent church fires across the south and fears that they may be cases of arson. Two of those cases have been found to linked to natural causes and no links have yet been found between them.

It also comes in the wake of a racially motivated massacre in Charleston, SC that left 9 dead.

"Based upon the scene examination, the fire debris analysis, witness statements and a lightning strike report, the cause of the fire was best classified as natural," SLED told ABC News today in a statement. "Investigators observed no indicator of criminal intent. The investigation is complete."

Mt. Zion AME Church was totally destroyed after the fire gutted the house of worship Tuesday night, local officials said. Only the walls of the church were left standing, they added.

Preliminary investigations into a series of five church fires in the south indicate that two of the fires were started by natural causes and one was the result of an electrical fire, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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