House on the Rock fire: Fire fighters came with empty water tanks, electricians’ ladder – Rev. Asigime

Pastor in charge of the House on the Rock Church, which was gutted by fire yesterday, Rev. Kennedy Asigime, has said that Nigerian fire fighters arrived the scene with the same ladder used by Electricity Distribution Companies and without water.

Rev. Asigime, also told newsmen that there were no casualties as members of the church had gone home at the time of the event.

He said, “The most unfortunate thing is the fact that we have a fire service that is not properly equipped to help in such situations.
“We have no idea what caused the fire, whether it is an electrical fault or not, nobody knows for now.
“This whole building cost about N3 billion and a very substantial part of the building has been totally destroyed.

“We cannot be sure of what is left standing now, we need to do an integrity test to know if the whole building is going to be knocked down.”
He, however, said that the timely response of the Fire Service was commendable but the response with substance to deal with the situation “is below zero.’’
He said the fire fighters were not well equipped to extinguish the fire as they lacked the required liquid and came with “the same ladder used by Electric Distribution Companies.
“They were just here because they want to put it on record that they responded to the call; but they got here and said they did not have water.
“Until trucks from the private sector started coming, trucks from Julius Berger and NNPC, may God help us in this country,’’ he added.


  1. Oga oh. Everything in this country na wash. Imagine

  2. Fire fighters.. No water?????? Na wah o

  3. It's high tym we stop dis purported message abt d Fire Service daat dey go to scene of fire without water. How can dat be possible? Is just like a student going to skul without writing materials why den is d student going to skul?

    Let me use dis medium to educate d public a little bit. For a well alight fire like dat, d water d Fire Service brings will get exhausted in no tym cos it's a serious fire so when Fire Officers says u get t or source of water(dis for big or manufacturing companies), dey refuse but dis is wit a view of replenishing d fire engine on Saame spot when waaater finishes instd of looking for water when d one brought is exhausted. D public and d Press will always say fire service went to scene of fire without water bcos aas at d tym dey got der d water dey brought has bn exhausted.

    My Advice- Install fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, heat detectors and odaa fire fighting equipments in ur houses and offices. Imagine a Church worth of N3 billion as saaid by d Pastor probably might not have fire fighting equipments installed. Now whose fault?

    Secondly, if u re close to d government, pls tell dem to make Fire Hydrant functioning and effective on all streets dis will enable d Fire Service to replenish easily when d water d brought is finished.

    Am appealing to d public especially d Press to stop d act of passing aa very destructive critics abt d Fire Service


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