Kenneth Eze, the pastor in charge of World Harvest Ministry located in Gbagada, and his family (a wife and two children), on Wednesday morning, lost their lives in an inferno triggered by a power surge.
PUNCH reports that Kenneth had relocated his family to their shop in Bariga, where the tragedy occurred after he could not raise enough money to pay rent for his former apartment.
The tragedy began when Ikeja Electric, around 2a.m., restored power which allegedly triggered off fire in the shop.
The victims were reportedly trapped by the two-level security burglar proof at the entrance of the shop, where they sold drugs and provisions.
Officials of the Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and policemen from the Bariga division, were said to have responded to the emergency. Two other shops were affected by the inferno before the fire fighters arrived.
A friend of the victim told journalists that the deceased had plans to complete his (Kenneth’s) house in Ikorodu.
“He said he wanted to lay the tiles on the floor, and I advised him to put certain things in place first. That was our last discussion before he died,” the friend said. “Despite the fire, the money he made from the previous day sales in the shop, and his telephone were intact,” he added.
An eye witness in the incident, a screen printer, whose shop was opposite the victims’, recalled how the tragedy happened:
“I sleep in my shop as well because of the nature of my work. Power was restored around 2am and that was when the fire started. There was a sudden explosion in the shop. It was difficult to get close to the place because everywhere was on fire. The heat was intense.
“Later, firefighters brought out their corpses. It was the body of the woman that was brought out first, before those of the two children. They initially couldn’t find the pastor. After some search, they found his corpse in the shop, where he was probably attempting to find a way out,”
The two children, Miracle and Marvellous, were said to be aged six and three respectively.
See photos of the devastation left by the inferno: