Church Fire

Fire Wednesday evening destroyed the auditorium of the Central Assemblies of God Church in Ho, destroying furniture and musical instruments among other things.

Eyewitnesses said the fire, which started around 1900 hours, started from the air conditioning unit behind the Head Pastor’s office, and travelled to the main auditorium, causing a large chunk of the roofing to collapse.

The Ghana News Agency gathered that some members of the Church were in the building preparing for an online service.

Three fire tenders were scrambled to put the inferno under control, supported by the National Ambulance Service.

Also present were officers from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to assist in dousing the fire, which lasted over two hours.

The collapsing roof fell on two fire officers who were attended to by the Ambulance Service.

Mr Godson Bodzah, the Head Pastor, counting the loss, told the GNA that his office was completely gone, but was assured that fate had its way and would bring good tidings as well.

“I believe that something positive would emanate from this,” he said, adding that church service had already been strategised in line with COVID-19 policy directions, and that its activities would not be affected.

Mr Billy Anaglate, the Second-In-Command, Volta Regional Fire Service, said the Command received a distress call at 1910 hours, and dispatched tenders to the scene within five minutes.

He said the whole premises had been engulfed in flames when the team arrived, with high wind velocity pushing the fire towards nearby homes.

“We called for assistance from the Kpetoe and the Adaklu fire stations, and managed to put the fire under control, stopping it from traveling further,” he said.

Mr Anaglate said the petroleum-based plastic TNG ceiling panelling, aided and stimulated the spread, which caused the ceiling to break, falling on the two fire officers.

He said the officers caught the falling structure on their necks and chests, but added that their PPEs helped reduce the impact, and was hopeful they would recuperate sooner.

Mr Anaglate assured of swift investigations into the cause of fire, and asked the public to prioritise fire safety precautions to safeguard their property.

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