Fire Marshal: Tallahassee Church Fire was Accidental, not Arson

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By: Associated Press
July 3, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- State investigators say a fire that destroyed a predominantly black church in Florida's capital was accidental and not the work of an arsonist.

Some reports had linked the fire last week at Greater Miracle Temple in Tallahassee to other black churches in Southern states that have been targeted by arsonists in the wake of the slayings of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

State Fire Marshal Research Analyst Kayla Anderson tells the Tallahassee Democrat that the fire at Greater Miracle Temple started when a tree branch fell onto some exposed electrical wires.

The final report on the fire is still pending, but Anderson says the blaze was accidental.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
June 26, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- An early morning fire has destroyed a church on Tallahassee's south side.

Firefighters responded to the blaze around 5:15 a.m. at Greater Miracle Apostolic Holiness Church on the 2200 block of St. Marks Street.

Tallahassee Fire Department officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation but early indications lead officials to believe that it may have been an electrical fire.

A large tree limb fell on the property and power lines causing an electrical short, according to firefighters.

The fire resulted in a total loss for the church estimated at $700,000.

No injuries were reported.

The State Fire Marshal is assisting with the investigation.

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