Rain Ending/String of Church Fires/Fatal Fire in North Olmsted

Rain Ending/String of Church Fires/Fatal Fire in North Olmsted

Cooler day ahead with some spotty showers It's going to only be in the low 70s but sunshine and blue sky will  bursts out later today!

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny: Spotty showers throughout the day. High: 73

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mainly clear. LOW: 57

THURSDAY: DRY! And partly sunny. High: 75

(RNN) - A fire destroyed Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, SC, one of a string of recent fires in the past week that is under investigation. The fire broke out at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the building is considered a complete loss, according to WIS. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is investigating the fire.Authorities suspect arson caused three black church fires last week: one in Knoxville, TN, one in Macon, GA, and one in Charlotte, NC, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.Other churches that have suffered suspicious fires include Glover Grover Baptist Church in Warrenville, SC, and Greater Miracle Apostolic Holiness Church in Tallahassee, FL, both of which occurred on Saturday. The cause of those fires is still under investigation.Mt. Zion in Greeleyville, SC, has burned twice in 20 years. It was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan on June 20, 1995, according to the Associated Press. The church was rebuilt and rededicated a year later. The fires at predominantly black churches come in the weeks following the racially motivated slayings of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.

A house fire in North Olmsted claimed the life of one person. The fire started around 5:30 p.m.Tuesday at 23840 Gassner Road.Police and fire crews say one victim was found inside the home. The victim has not yet been identified. Investigators are still searching for answers

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