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Federal investigators suspect lightning might have caused the fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina, senior officials in the FBI said Wednesday morning.

The FBI has been working with the National Weather Service to determine whether the heavy storms in the area contributed to the fire. A forensics report of lightning strikes by CNN meteorologists shows four strikes occurred in the immediate vicinity of the church, all at 7:18 p.m. ET Tuesday.

The officials said investigators found no accelerants, an indicator of arson, at the scene.

The Greeleyville fire drew attention because at least five other black church fires have occurred since the racist killings of nine people in a Charleston church.

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