Flames engulfed a prominent African-American church Tuesday night that was already destroyed once by a blaze ignited by the KKK in 1995.
Mount Zion AME Church is the seventh black church to burn across the South in the wake of the killing of nine worshipers at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church and Gov. Nikki Haley’s subsequent call to bring down the Confederate flag.
State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said several agents responded to the fire and that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other federal agencies were notified. The cause was not immediately known Tuesday night.
Cezar McKnight, D-Kingstree, watched as heavy smoke billowed from the church and bright orange flames shot into the air.
“It’s gone,” he said. “They don’t know the cause yet, but I am hoping for the best.
“South Carolina has been through a lot the last two weeks and we’ve made the best of a terrible situation. I would hate for this to be something somebody did on purpose to try to poison the love and fellowship.”
Source: Post and Courier |