Fire outbreak on Monday morning destroyed Musical equipment, cloths and some holy items at the sanctuary section of Assumpta cathedral of the Owerri metropolitan Catholic archdiocese in Imo state.
Our correspondent who visited the archdiocesan Headquarters located at Control junction in Owerri around past 8am on Monday saw parishioners, priests and Journalists trooping in to have a glimpse of the extent of destruction caused by the inferno.
Though the fire had been put out, our correspondent saw smokes oozing out from the section the fire affected.
Though the alter was not affected, items lost in the fires were estimated to be in millions of Naira.
A parishioner who spoke to our correspondent at the scene of the incident said ” the incident happened at the midnight. It is here the sanctuary department that was affected. Thank God it didn’t spread to the other parts of the cathedral. I don’t know what we would have done.
” This is coming at a time a new archbishop for the archdiocese will be installed on June 23. I don’t know what we would have done. Glory be to God the damage is minimally.”
He told our correspondent that fire fighters were contacted and they came same night and put out the fire.
The Director of communications for the archdiocese, Rev Fr Raymond Nzeremeogu, said ” glory be to God the fire was put out very early. It didn’t spread to the other parts of the cathedral. Fire fighters were contacted and they came. Cloths, musical equipment like, amp, audio speakers, microphones and others were affected.”