A popular 21st century Church, House on the Rock Church, located close to the National stadium Abuja and close to the City Gate in Abuja was consumed by an inferno on Sunday.
Eyewitnesses and church members said the main building had not been in use for a while now as renovation work was going on.
Fire services responded promptly to the outbreak. Fire officers from the Federal Fire Service, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service, battled the about two hours before being joined by their colleagues from Julius Berger and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Several fire engines ran out of water and had to be re-filled before the fire was put out at about 5.00 pm.
The Main Auditorium of the church was the area mostly affected, as the fire fighters were able to save the administration block.
Some members of the church were seeing in the rain praying for divine intervention while the operation lasted.
The afternoon showers could have, indeed, played a role in containing the fire from spreading to the entire building and others with the premises.His words, "We got a distressed call and we mobilized appliances right from the Control Room at the Headquarters. Our men are still on the field and it's too early to determine the cause of fire or casualties until they are through.House on the Rock was founded in December 1994 by Pastor Paul A. Adefarasin in Lagos, Nigeria.