The Auburn Fire Department responded to a fire at the Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church on Parker Street in Auburn on Sunday afternoon that residents suspect was caused by lightning.

The fire was confined to the front steeple of the historic church, which is part of the Harriet Tubman National Park and held Tubman's funeral in 1913. Neighbors of the church reported hearing loud "booms" and seeing thick smoke coming from the structure in the midst of a thunderstorm that hit the area around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.