Report: Fire at black church in S.C. was not arson, feds say

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Fire crews try to control a blaze at the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina in this June 30, 2015 handout photo. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan 20 years ago, was the scene of another blaze on Tuesday, officials said, though the cause was not immediately clear. The fire comes amid a rash of fires that have erupted at black churches across the U.S. south, at least two of which have already been declared as deliberate. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Clarendon County Fire Department/Handout via Reuters 
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-CHURCH-FIRES, originally transmitted on July 1, 2015.

Fire crews try to control a blaze at the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina in this June 30, 2015 handout photo. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan 20 years ago, was the scene of another blaze on Tuesday, officials said, though the cause was not immediately clear. The fire comes amid a rash of fires that have erupted at black churches across the U.S. south, at least two of which have already been declared as deliberate. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Clarendon County Fire Department/Handout via Reuters *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-CHURCH-FIRES, originally transmitted on July 1, 2015.

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Fires at several predominantly black churches in Southern states the past two weeks — at least three attributed to arson — raise concerns about potential fallout from the recent South Carolina church shooting.