Firefighters investigate Georgetown County church fire


GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Daylight has revealed the destruction of a Georgetown County church where investigators continue to determine what caused the fire that began Thursday night.

"It's completely gone," Thomas Major Reown, who attended the Cumberland AME Church on Pennyroyal Road, said on Thursday.

Firefighters responded at approximately 7:30 p.m., according to officials with Awendaw-McClellanville Consolidated Fire District, and 75 firefighters worked to put out the fire.

AMCFD officials say they sent their water tender vehicle to assist with the incident.

Firefighters say the fire started during a thunderstorm, but they have not released an official cause of the fire. Some have speculated a lightning strike started the fire.

Reown captured video of crews working the fire.

Crews remained on the scene into the night.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

Agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are looking for signs of what started the fire.

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