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Over ₦10 million worth of property were razed yesterday, at the Diocesan Cathedral, Methodist Church Nigeria, Uzuakoli Diocese, Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.
The Eastern Updates was able to confirm that the fire began at around 2am in the morning at Dodd’s Memorial Cathedral in Uzuakoli, following the conclusion of a vigil by some worshippers.
According to a witness, the fire-damaged church property as well as crucial papers housed in the bishop’s office and an adjacent office.
Speaking on the incident, the Bishop of Uzuakoli Methodist Diocese, Rt. Rev. (Dr) Anyanwu James Alozie, lamented the big loss his diocese suffered in the inferno.
The bishop, who conducted journalists round the burnt building, noted that the fire started at about 2am as a result of power surge, which occurred at his office, after power was restored in the area.
Bishop Alozie noted that different electronic appliances and various land documents, as well as church registers were burnt to ashes. He added that gold plates and cups used for Holy Communion and other valuables worth about N10 million also went up in flames.
‘Everything in my office is completely burnt. Electronics, important documents, files and registers were all burnt. It was the efforts of church members and people from this community that stopped the fire from spreading to the altar and into the entire church hall,’ the bishop said.