Part of SCOAN Gutted by Fire During Candlelight Procession of Late Founder
The headquarters of Synagogue Church Of All Nations, Lagos, witnessed a fire outbreak on Monday night, July 5, during the candlelight procession in honour of the late founder of the Church, Prophet TB Joshua.
The fire, which was noticed at about 11 p.m., affected a building that a witness said housed a store on the premises, some metres away from the church’s main auditorium Premium Times reported.
As of midnight, the fire has been largely contained by a crowd of worshippers who were using containers to scoop water from near the church and dashing to douse the flames.
Officials of the Lagos State Fire Service arrived at about 12:15 a.m.
The official statement issued by the church partly read: ”In the late evening of Monday 5th July 2021, there was a minor electrical fire incident at a store house within The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) complex. The incident was quickly brought under control without any injuries.
”As part of the preparedness for the weeklong services celebrating the life and legacy of Prophet TB Joshua, The SCOAN has worked closely with relevant government agencies including the Lagos State Fire Services, whose members were on ground at the time of the incident.”
The church stated that there is no cause for alarm, noting that the services celebrating the life and legacy of Prophet TB Joshua will continue as scheduled.
His wife, Evelyn Joshua, led the candlelight procession at the SCOAN Faith Resort in the Ikotun area of Lagos.
The cleric’s weeklong funeral ceremony began on July 5 with a candlelight procession at the church’s prayer mountain in Ikotun, Lagos.
Other activities lined up for the ceremony include a tribute service on July 6 and 7, lying-in-state on July 8, laying to rest and internment on July 9, and a thanksgiving service on July 11
The popular televangelist died on June 5, according to his church, a few days before his 58th birthday.