Fire Engulfs House on the Rock Church in Abuja
House on the Rock church in Kukwaba, Abuja was engulfed by fire on Sunday afternoon.
Property worth millions of naira was reportedly destroyed by fire on Sunday at the House on the Rock church on James Wolfesen Drive, Airport Road, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Our correspondent learnt that the fire, which was said to have started from a power plant, occurred at about 2pm, after the Sunday service had been concluded.
The fire, which engulfed the church premises, located behind the Nigerian Basketball Federation Stadium, could be observed from the neighbouring Garki, Jabi and Gwarinpa areas, which are at least 10 kilometres away.
When our correspondent got to the scene of the fire, motorists and other eyewitnesses said nobody could ascertain the cause of the fire.
Despite the rainfall in the area, the fire continued for about an hour as firefighters from the Federal Fire Service and other agencies came to the scene to salvage the situation.
When our correspondent approached the premises, it was noted that security operatives had cordoned off the burning section, as motorists gathered at the roadside.
A witness and church member, who gave his name only as Emmanuel, said the fire started from the plant beside the church, adding that had the firefighters arrived on time, the fire would not have escalated.
He noted that the church buildings had just been renovated and recently inaugurated.
He said, “It was around 1pm that the service ended and everyone went home. The next shocking news we heard was that there is a fire incident in our church.”
The Police Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit said seven fire trucks had been deployed in the scene to put out the fire.
The PPCRRU Head, ACP Abayomi Shogunle, said on Twitter on Sunday that motorists should be careful along the road.
“House on the Rock is on fire. Seven fire trucks are at the scene. Caution is needed if you are driving towards the airport. The cause is unknown,” he tweeted.
The spokesperson for Federal Fire Service, Collins Elechi, said, “Our operatives responded to a distress call from the church. I am in touch with the control room. We cannot ascertain the cause of the fire for now, but we are taking care of the situation.”
The church had yet to make an official statement over the incident as of press time.
Photos and videos surfaced Sunday afternoon on social media with users asking for numbers to reach the fire service.
Head of Police Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), ACP Abayomi Shogunle later said 7 fire trucks were on the scene putting out the fire.
House on the Rock Church, Abuja on fire 🔥. 7 fire trucks 🚒 at the scene.
Caution needed if you are driving towards Airport, cause unknown. pic.twitter.com/zKIRikIOZN
— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) June 25, 2017
The fire was succesfully put out.
Following up on the fire at House on the Rock church in Abuja @chiomahsblog ・・・ Lord we thank you for sending rain and putting out the flames, we thank you for preservation and for sending helpers . To the men of the FCT fire service and the other private fire personnel God bless you for fighting tirelessly to put out the flames. To all the men of @hotrrefuge @rhogic_horn and other lovers of Christ who came together to pray, praise and physically help put this fire out God bless you all. We are thankful no one was hurt and no life lost in the inferno.After the fire comes gold, no matter what the enemy has planned our praise will continue to go out to you LORD! Jehovah you are so great there is no one like you!!!#praise #thanks
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