Nigeria: Tragic Loss: Household of David Church’s Multi-Million Naira Auditorium Consumed by Fire

Nigeria: Tragic Loss: Household of David Church’s Multi-Million Naira Auditorium Consumed by Fire

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

In a devastating turn of events on Wednesday, the Household of David church, located on Surulere Street, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State, suffered a severe blow as its multi-million naira church auditorium succumbed to a fire incident.

The incident, which unfolded around 10:00 am, saw the church’s auditorium engulfed in flames, leading to substantial damage. The cause of the fire was attributed to the overheating of the auditorium ceiling, resulting in its collapse and subsequent ignition.

Upon confirmation of the incident, Amodu Shakiri, the spokesperson for the Lagos State Fire Service, revealed that multiple agencies, including the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service’s Alausa and Ikeja Fire Stations, LASAMBUS, LASEMA, and Red Cross, were on the scene to tackle the blaze. The property affected by the fire encompassed the church’s furnishings and the auditorium itself.

Senior Pastor Olusola Osunmakinde expressed the painful experience in a video shared on Instagram. He recounted the events, stating that the church’s air conditioners, chairs, and other equipment were consumed by the fire. Despite the tragic loss, Pastor Osunmakinde conveyed gratitude that no lives were lost in the incident.

He shared a disheartening encounter with a passerby who callously remarked, “Where was Jesus when this happened?” In response, the pastor emphasized their reliance on faith, stating, “We don’t owe people an answer; all we believe is that all things work together. We will not back out because of this, but by the grace of God, all things work together for good.”

The incident poses a significant setback for the Household of David church, particularly as it unfolded on the day the church’s planned ‘Mercy Conference’ was set to commence. Despite the challenges, Pastor Osunmakinde expressed determination to proceed with the conference, showcasing resilience in the face of adversity.

As investigations continue into the cause of the fire, the Household of David community and well-wishers are left to grapple with the impact of this tragic event. The aftermath of the fire raises broader questions about fire safety measures in public establishments and the need for vigilance to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

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