A fire is said to have destroyed parts of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and the burial shelter of the late founder of Prophet Temitope Joshua, in Ikotun, Lagos State.
Confirming the incident, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service Chief Margaret Adeseye said the fire affected the shelter covering the late pastor’s grave.
She said: “It is confirmed that a section around the grave of the late Pastor TB Joshua caught fire. A shelter has been built to cover the grave because it is an open area so this is the shelter. which caught fire. But we were able to reduce it and it did not spread beyond its starting point. We have not yet identified the cause of the fire.
National Emergency Management Agency acting coordinator Ibrahim Farinloye, who also confirmed the incident, told reporters the fire had been extinguished.
He said, “The incident occurred in a building owned by the late pastor. The late pastor usually went there to relax and meditate. Federal firefighters responded to put out the fire.”
Responding, the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) said yesterday that it had not yet determined the cause of Wednesday’s fire, at its former site Agodo, Egbe; two kilometers from The SCOAN Headquarters Cathedral.
He said the fire had since been extinguished and assured the public a review was underway, saying there was no need for panic or “unnecessary speculation”.
In a statement, The SCOAN said the fire affected a general-purpose store while there were no injuries or loss of life.
The statement was titled “FIRE FLAME AT FORMER SITE OF ALL NATIONS (SCOAN) SYNAGOGUE CHURCH: WE ARE ON TOP OF THE SITUATION”.
It reads: “On the evening of Wednesday 27th April 2022, a fire broke out at the former site of The SCOAN, located in Agodo, Egbe; about two kilometers from The SCOAN Headquarters Cathedral.
“The fire broke out in a multi-purpose store at the old site and was successfully brought under control through the efforts of the ministry’s emergency response team, with no injuries or loss of life.
“Currently, the cause of the fire is unknown. To this end, we would like to assure our esteemed members, partners and friends in the ministry that we are aware of the situation. There is no need for panic and speculation. unnecessary.
“As sons and daughters of love, we will continually uphold the assurances of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who conquered the world for us.”
He urged the public to “please disregard any alarmist news aimed at creating panic among church members in particular and the general public.
“We are no longer slaves to fear. We are children of God. Immanuel!