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Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lagos On Fire

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There was serious confusion as fire broke out earlier today at the Seventh Day Adventist Church beside Mr. Biggs and Oando Petrol Station on Benson street in Maryland Lagos.

Fire fighters were able to prevent the church building from burning down after a building housing the electricity generating plant of the church caught fire.

It was learnt that the fire which started about 3pm razed down the generator building.

Residents of the area told PUNCH that fire fighters were able to prevent the main church building from being affected by the fire which lasted for over thirty minutes.

A statement made by a vulcaniser on the street where the church is situated went thus:

"What happened was that some hours ago, a vehicle came to supply diesel to the church. As they were loading fuel into the tank, the fuel touched the silencer of the generator and fire sparked. It took some minutes before the fire fighters arrived at the scene".

A policeman in the area said that the fire was due to negligence.

"We learnt that the generator supplying electricity to the church building was on. However, at the same time, they were refueling the generator. How can you do that? The whole thing caught fire and the firefighters came around 30 minutes after to quell the fire".

The church authorities refused to speak to journalists. The security men refused entrance to any journalist and also refused to speak to any as they said they were given orders not to.

Mr. Rasak Fadipe, the director of the state fire service however confirmed the incident.

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