Thursday, March 20, 2014

[Photos]: Fire Guts Christ Embassy Headquarters Ikeja, Lagos

Headquarters of the Christ Embassy Church in Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos was yesterday evening gutted by fire.

The immediate cause of the inferno could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report but it was learnt that it was triggered by an electrical spark within power generator house.

No life was lost in the incident but property worth several millions of naira was destroyed. Witnesses said the Fire Service had a hectic time trying to salvage the situation as the fire raged on heavily. No member of the church was willing to comment on the incident.

Lagos State Director of the Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe, said about 14 heavy generators were affected, adding that his men were able to rescue other property of the church.

Fadipe decried failure of the church to possess fire fighting equipment, adding that the fire was fought with four trucks of water from Ikeja, Alausa and Isolo.

He said:

"We used four water trucks containing 10,000 litres of water each. On getting here we discovered that fire gutted the generator house, the power house. These are very big generators with about 14 tanks that are fully loaded with PMS. With the combined efforts of our men, we were able to prevent the fully loaded tanks from getting engulfed. About 35 personnel of the state fire service were involved in the action to put out the fire. It was a serious fire incident because the thick black smoke that rented the sky was conspicuous from our office in Alausa. The little problem we faced was the non- cooperative attitude of some church members. It was never expected at all. We have fought serious fires successfully in the past."