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
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
“Until trucks from the private sector started coming, trucks from
Julius Berger and NNPC, may God help us in this country,’’ he added.