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Three burnt to death as fire razes church in Ibadan

Three worshippers at a church, Mercyland Prayers Ministry located at Okoro area of Ibadan city were burnt to death in an early morning inferno that razed the church Monday .

Hundreds of members of the church as well as sympathisers gathered at the scene of the incident where some shed tears over the tragic fire.

Also, four others including a pregnant woman escaped death by whiskers in the inferno which started at about 1.45am.

It was learnt that trouble started when the fire said to have emanated towards the front axis of the church spread into some of the power generating set fully loaded with petrol resulting in the sudden spread into other parts of the church.

During the inferno which lasted for almost three hours, the three worshippers two men and a woman, all the power generating sets fully loaded with petrol, the roof of the church as well as the plastic and wooden chairs were completely burnt.

According to one of the lucky survivors identified as Akin, some of the worshippers were said to be sleeping when they were trapped by the raging fire.

The survivor said the flame together with heavy smoke immediately enveloped the church resulting in the worshippers struggling for escape.

He stressed that it took divine intervention for him to rescue a pregnant woman out of the thick smoke before heading for a nearby safe place.

Despite the timely arrival of men of the Oyo state Fire brigade services, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigeria Police it took their frantic efforts before putting off the fire at about 4.05am

It was however a weeping galore as hundreds of the symphatizers that stormed the scene sighted the three burnt bodies on the floor of the church.