Sunday, 25 June 2017

Fire consumes House on the Rock church

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.
The building was visibly ablaze while fire fighters were struggling to put out the flames.
The cause of the fire is yet unknown.

Eyewitnesses and church members said the main building had not been in use for a while now as renovation work was going on.
A twitter account of Abayomi Shogunle said there were 7 fire-fighter trucks at the church premises trying to put out the fire.
Shogunle also tweeted a video of the burning church.
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.
When contacted, at about 6.00 pm, the Federal Fire Service Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mrs. Collins Elechi, said, that the organisation’s officers were still at the site of the incident and there the headquarters was still waiting for their report.
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.
The ministry was established to be a vanguard 21st century Church with a vision of empowering believers for the fulfilment of their God-ordained destinies.
Since its’ inception the Church has grown far beyond the borders of Lagos, with over 40 daughter Churches and missions in Nigeria and across the globe.

The Abuja Church popularly called “The Refuge” by church members was formed in 1999 as a springboard for strategic ministry in the northern region of Nigeria and beyond.

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