Breaking: Firefighters Battling Blaze At SC Church

Officials say firefighters are trying to extinguish a blaze at a prominent black church in South Carolina.

The Post and Courier newspaper reports that crews Tuesday night are battling the fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville. The church was burned to the ground by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995.

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel tells the paper that the fire could have been started by lightning from a storm that recently rolled through the area but he could not say for sure until an investigation after the fire is out.

Federal authorities are investigating recent fires at predominantly black churches, though the blazes do not appear to be related.