A fire broke out in the synagogue of the United Nations on Monday evening during the funeral of Nigerian preacher Temitope Balogun Joshua, known as the Prophet T B Joshua.
Joshua’s widow, Evelyn Joshua, led nearly 6,000 mourners in a lighthouse to mark the start of a week-long funeral service for the controversial Nigerian preacher.
Joshua died a month ago just days before his 58th birthday.
While the funeral was taking place in Lagos, a fire engulfed a warehouse in the church area at 11pm, causing the mourners to flee for their safety.
Church officials said the fire was caused by an electric spark.
A statement from the church stated: “On Monday evening, July 5, 2021, there was a small electric fire in the warehouse in the synagogue building of the Church of the All Nations.
“The incident was quickly brought to light without any injuries.
“As part of preparations for a week-long service to celebrate the life and legacy of the Prophet TB Joshua, the church worked closely with relevant government agencies, as well as government fire departments. From Lagos, whose participants were low during the the event.
“We thank God for continuing to protect us. We assure the general public that there is no cause for concern and that services to celebrate the life and legacy of the Prophet TB Joshua will continue as planned.
Joshua will be buried on Friday July 9 at the church grounds in Lagos.